MANCHESTER, Iowa – After experiencing one of its largest crowds in its prepper expo history, one of the most active expo producers announced that it is expanding the number of its prepper expos for 2017, and adding a new focus on green living.
In December of last year, RK Prepper Shows, a division of RK Shows, announced that it would host at least 16 prepper shows in 2017, an increase from nine shows in 2016 and five in 2015. Now, RK has added an additional seven shows, making its 2017 lineup total 23 around the country.
And the company promises more to come.
The added number of shows is directly related to the success of RK’s prepper expos. While many survival shows have experienced poor attendance, leading at least one to shut down its production of expos, RK’s successful prepper shows convinced the company to add seven new events to reach more audiences in more states.
Just last month, RK hosted its prepper show in the Chicago area and had more than 4,000 people attend. In a mailer to vendors, the company said the Chicagoland Survival Expo set an all time attendance record for RK Prepper Shows, and that vendors sold out of their products because demand was so high.
This should be a welcome development for Survival Industry businesses. While there has been much debate over the impact of Donald Trump’s election on the prepper world, few in the industry are willing to declare whether the market will grow or decline.
Two survival expo companies, Dano Productions and National Preppers and Survivalists, experienced losses in recent months. The poor results drove Dano Productions to halt future expo productions, while vendors were so disappointed with the sparse crowd at the March NPS expo in Baton Rouge that many left midday on the second day of the event.
Meanwhile, Survival Frog has claimed huge sale increases since election day.
Survival Frog’s CEO Byron Walker announced that the company grew 78 percent in November 2016 over 2015 revenue, and 120 percent in December 2016 over the previous year.
“We almost hit $1 million in sales. We’re up 26 percent in January over the previous year, and February looks like it may be closer to 30 percent year over year,” he said in March. “Sales are brisk and don’t show any signs of slowing down.”
Adding Green to The Menu, And More Expos
For RK, the growth continues in other areas as well. Not only will the company hold more expos in more states, it’s rebranding and expanding the focus of the remaining shows.
The new version of these shows will be called “Survival & Green Living Expos,” and Randy Kehrli, promotions manager for RK Prepper Shows, says it is a response to what the attendees are asking for, and it’s an opportunity for vendors of sustainable and green lifestyles to market their products and services to large audiences.
“RK Shows is now vigorously recruiting ‘green vendors’ and customers who are interested in that lifestyle. We see it as a perfect fit for people who are interested in preparedness and self-sufficiency for their families,” said Kehrli. “Whether it be organic gardening, honey production, raising chickens, rabbits, or goats, canning your own food from your garden, solar and wind energy production or just living off the land – that is what our shows and seminars are all about. It is educational and fun.”
Already one of the nation’s most prolific producers of prepper and sustainable living expos, RK Prepper Shows’ additional seven new “Survival & Green Living Expos” will give survival and green living enthusiasts in New Orleans, La., Tennessee, Kentucky, Nebraska and Indiana their own local expos to visit.
Here are the new “Survival & Green Living Expos” added to the list of RK Prepper Shows this year:
- Aug. 12-13: New Orleans, La., at the Ponchartrain Center
- Sept. 2 – 3: Chattanooga, Tenn. at the Camp Jordan Arena
- Sept. 9 – 10: Knoxville, Tenn. at the Expo Center
- Sept. 16-17: Lexington, Ken. at the Heritage Hall
- Sept. 23-24: Nashville, Tenn. at the Wilson County Expo
- Oct. 21-22: Lincoln, Neb. at the Lancaster Event Center
- Dec. 9-10: Indianapolis, Ind. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
RK’s newly-themed expos will not be radically different. Like its shows in the past, they will feature speakers discussing, and demonstrating, topics, such as survival medicine, essential oils, disaster preparedness, bush craft, emergency clothing, self-defense, and emergency food preparation and storage, while adding topics such as homesteading, farming, solar and wind production.
Attendees will be able to try and buy tactical and outdoors gear, essential oils, heirloom seeds, homesteading equipment, emergency food and medical supplies, and more.
Click here to see the nation’s most complete list of survival and sustainable living expos.