Forst said the show featured more than 600 booths and was spread out in six buildings this year, due to renovations to the Pepsi Coliseum.
“Because the coliseum is down this year ... the size of the show didn’t decrease because we found some empty space we could use
for storage,” he said.
Forst said the sluggish economy doesn’t have as much of an effect on the show as one might think.
“The crowds have actually stayed pretty consistent over the last five or six years, even back through 2008 when the market crashed,” he said. “Through the ups and downs of the economy ... the crowds stayed actually pretty consistent. Right now, the crowd this year seemed really, really good.”
He added that they’re already looking ahead to next year.
“It continues to grow, it continues to innovate and we’re looking forward to next year,” he said.