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EDUCATION & EVENTS

NHPA All-Industry Conference

The North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA), a trade association dedicated to supporting the interests of the independent home improvement channel, will once again hold the All-Industry Conference in conjunction with the 2022 National Hardware Show.

The conference is free for all to attend and will include a series of educational seminars, networking opportunities and a speaker lineup offering valuable insights into industry topics and trends. 

HABITAT NEXT powered by the United Inventors Association (UIA)

The United Inventors Association, the largest nonprofit inventor member organization in the country, will take the stage in HABITAT Next, our reimagined inventors spotlight area. The UIA will hold a number of training sessions and discussions to help educate inventors on the different vehicles available to fully launch their products. Don’t miss their exciting Pitch Panel sessions where inventors show their unique products and get real-time advice from a panel of experts.

NHS Backyard

NHS Backyard is our reimagined outdoor experience where the hardware and home improvement industry comes alive through brand activations, live demonstrations, and exciting new experiences. Back by popular demand, the Backyard Stage will once again host captivation sessions including grilling and product demonstrations, Industry Influencers’ ‘Favorite Finds’, and more. 

Favorite Finds Hosted by Industry Influencers

On all three days of NHS, hardware and home improvement influencers showcased their favorite finds from exhibitors across all product categories on the Backyard Stage. They demoed the products, spoke with the inventors who created them and shared why each product is a home improvement and DIY must-have.

NHS Celebrity-Chef Cook-Off

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We all love a little friendly competition, right? On Day 2 of NHS chefs representing exhibitors in our BBQ & Grilling category went head-to-head in the Backyard for the NHS Celebrity Chef Cook-Off.

Each chef was tasked with grilling their best burger and whipping up a tasty appetizer, to then be judged by a panel of foodies. The winner of the Cook-Off earned serious bragging rights and a cash prize. Congratulations to Blues Hog!

DIY Demos

The Backyard at the National Hardware Show was home to latest and greatest home improvement and DIY products in action. While attendees grabbed some lunch, NHS exhibitors went to work and gave 15-minute presentations to show off how to put their products work.

SPECIAL EVENTS

HABITAT Happy Hour

Join us in HABITAT from 4:00-5:00 PM on Day 1 (April 5) for drinks, discoveries, and demonstrations of the newest and most innovative products at NHS.

Beer Garden

Visit the Beer Garden inside NHS Backyard to kick back and enjoy some music while networking with peers. The party starts at 5pm on Day 1 and 2 of the Show!

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Welcome Reception

The National Hardware Show Welcome Reception will take place at 5:00 PM in the NHS Backyard on Tuesday, April 5. Help us celebrate being back together in-person with some live music and drinks in the Beer Garden.

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Lancaster Experience

Visit the all-new Lancaster Demo & Deals Pavilion in the NHS Backyard for a one-of-a-kind interactive experience including demonstrations of their wares in action and exclusive savings. Learn more here.

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NHS & NHPA Awards

Join us in congratulating the winners of various awards presented by NHS & the NHPA on Day 2 (April 6) at 5:00 PM on the Backyard Mainstage.

Awards include:

NHPA Retailer’s Choice Award

  • A group of independent retailers selected by the North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) will walk the Show Floor looking for their favorite products. The winners will be announced during the NHPA Awards Ceremony and featured in Hardware Retailing and the NHS Show Daily email. Judges include: Koopman Lumber Co., Milton Hardware & Building Supply, Treat’s General Store, Weiders Paint & Hardware, Flanagan Paint & Supply, and Bay Hardware Store

NHS Top Tapped Award

  • Every attendee will be equipped with a Konduko SMART badge allowing them to tap Konduko Readers located at each exhibitor booth and within featured areas including Made in USA and HABITAT. The top 5 companies with the most taps will be announced and presented with an award during the NHS Awards Ceremony!

Rising Star Awards

  • Top product picks from HABITAT NEW & Made in USA, selected by esteemed media attendees and exciting celebrity guests!

Bragging Rights Awards (VIP Choice Awards)

  • NHS VIP buyers (aka Channel Leader Club members) will be voting on the winners of this award after walking the floor looking for the exhibitors who stand out in the following categories:
    • Best New Product Display (in booth)
    • Most Memorable Booth
    • Most Interactive

Family Handyman Editor’s Choice Awards

  • The editors of Family Handyman will be voting on the winners of these awards after walking the floor looking for the products that stand apart from the pack with regards to:
    • Innovation
    • Functionality 
    • Meeting Consumer Needs