ince 1999, CHAMPS TRADE SHOW has established itself as the premier counterculture business-to-business wholesale trade expo for the smoke shop industry. For 16 years, CHAMPS has been a global trailblazer as a specialty gift show for contemporary smoking accessories, hand-blown glass, clothing, and everything else for the specialty gift market.
CHAMPS has grown into the world’s largest and most popular convention for the industry bringing hundreds of exhibitors face-to-face with thousands of retail and wholesale buyers from all over the globe four times a year. Shows are in the spring and fall in exciting Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center (February and August); the annual east coast show, CHAMPS EAST, held in Atlantic City in May; and CHAMPS Denver, Colorado, held in October and/or November.
Exhibitors including manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, glass artists, inventors, suppliers and many others come together under one convention center roof to view the massive selection of smoking accessories, 420 products, clothing, hand blown glass and other specialty gifts. CHAMPS 33rd Las Vegas show, held in July 2015, had over 500 exhibitor booths encompassing 180,000 square feet of floor space and had over 36,000 new product launches on display.
Jeff Hirschfeld and Peter Gage have presented the CHAMPS Trade Show since the first show in 1999. Over the course of a dozen years we took great strides in forging successful business relationships with thousands of clients across a broad spectrum - manufacturers, distributors and retail buyers. But it goes beyond doing business: the CHAMPS Trade Show has stood by Gage's principles of Fairness, Consistency and Quality both in words and in practice, maintaining the level of honesty and integrity that our friends and associates have come to expect and helping solidify the CHAMPS Trade Show as the PREMIER COUNTERCULTURE B2B WHOLESALE EXPO. We are proud to be constantly getting bigger and better, and we look forward to seeing you at our next show!
CHAMPS highlights also include the internationally known glassblowing competition, CHAMPS GLASS GAMES™ (known in the glassblowing industry as a Flame-Off) featuring the talents of the some of the world’s top glass blowers competing in live glass blowing events vying to win over $50,000 in cash and prizes. CHAMPS GLASS GAMES are directed and inspired by Matty White, a Eugene Oregon based glass artist at MW Studios, a well-known and respected winner of other Flame-Off events such as the Degenerate Flame Off. Trade Shows + Expos
Venue + Address
The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018