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FIRExpo
The Lakeland Center
September 13 & 14, 2014 - The Lakeland Center
FIRE!

About the Repticon FIRExpo Show:
The Florida International Reptile Expo (FIRE), since its debut in 2004, has been hosted at the Orlando Centroplex Expo Center, The Orange County Convention Center, the Ramada Celebration Resort and Convention Center, and the Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando. Now experience the lastest excitement of the FIRExpo at its new location at the fine Lakeland Center facility in September of 2013. FIRE was the first Repticon show held at this facility, which offers a great advantage over previous FIRE venues by having ample room to contain and expand FIRE, which always sells out early to vendors and has pushed the limits of each facility where it ran. Lakeland also is located directly between two of Repticon's strongest markets in the entire nation, Orlando and Tampa, so expect a thrilling show with herpers attending from all over central Florida! Join us again in 2014 for what will promise to be another historic event filled with top-quality reptiles and amphibians, presentations, and more!

  • Times & Locations
  • Shows & Activities
  • Tickets
  • Vendor Info
  • Press Info
  • FAQ
   
Dates: September 13 & 14, 2014
   
 
Location: The Lakeland Center
  701 West Lime Street
Lakeland, FL 33815
Mapclick for map
 
Hours: Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Entry at 9:00 am)
  Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm (No VIP Early Entry)
   
   
Presentations: Plan your day around events happening at these times! (Events & Times Subject to Change)
These are Events & Activities at the September 2014 Show.
Check back for Additions.
   
  Saturday
  11:00 am - TBA
  12:00 pm - TBA
  1:00 pm - TBA
  2:00 pm - TBA
  3:00 pm - TBA
  4:00 pm - TBA
   
  Sunday
  11:00 am - TBA
  12:00 pm - TBA
  1:00 pm - TBA
  2:00 pm - TBA
  2:30 pm - TBA
  3:00 pm - TBA
   
   
   
   
These are Events & Activities from the September 2013 Show
Check back for the Next Show!
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FIRExpo Exclusive:
VENOMOUS INCLUDED!


FIRExpo 2013 will be Florida's ONLY venomous-included expo of the year, with select vendors offering venomous reptiles to qualified buyers.  (Vendors interested in offering venomous reptiles at FIRExpo please click here for additional details).




Exoterra Product!
ExoTerra Door Prize Raffle

Thanks to Sponsorship from ExoTerra Repticon will again have one of its greatest Door Prize Raffles ever!  Raffles will be held every hour for multiple prizes throughout the weekend.  Most of the high end products are being held for the special VIP raffle, reserved for those guests who purchase two-day VIP tickets and enter an hour early on Saturday.  Spectacular sponsorship prizes are expected, such as entire ExoTerra Habitat set-ups, and large cage decor such as Waterfalls and Rock Outcrops!  VIP Tickets are available for pre-purchase.  Come out early and be a Repticon VIP guest!

Zoo Med!

Tote Bag Sponsor - Zoo Med!



Thanks to Sponsorship from Zoo Med, early VIP guests to the show will receive a Zoo Med tote bag with product samples, while supplies last! These bags are only available to guests who purchase their VIP tickets online. Check to our tickets page here for information on purchasing an early entry VIP two day ticket!


Turtle Shack



Visit Repticon Sponsor Turtle Shack!




Feeder Source

Feeder Rodents!

Hungry Herps? Get your feeder rodents at Repticon from Feeder Source! To insure the availablity of the feeders you might need, if you would like to place a pre-order from them for pickup at the show contact them here

Premium Crickets

Feeder Insects

Mike Houtzager of Premium Crickets will have them! And your Herps are Hungry! So get them at Repticon!

Reptile Collective



Visit the Repticon Sponsors of the Reptile Collective!


Members of the Reptile Collective will be at the show. Meet with these sponsors and encounter an amazing array of quality animals!




Legacy Reptiles


FIRExpo Vet Dr. Orlando Diaz-Figueroa of Legacy Reptiles


Announcing the FIRExpo Vet Dr. Orlando Diaz-Figueroa DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP (Avian Specialty)! Dr. Diaz employs his many specialties at the Lake Howell Animal Clinic and also runs the family reptile business Legacy Reptiles. Dr. Diaz will be inspecting the animals at the show on Saturday morning to ensure top quality animals for FIRE, as well as lending his expertise.






Sand Boa Morphs!

While at the Show Visit Repticon Sponsor Sand Boa Morphs and learn the joy of keeping Sand Boas!. . . then stay for their presentation at the show with live animals, and learn the basics of care for these newest species to gain popularity in the hobby!


A Reptile Experience!

LB it be




The LB Reptile Experience


The LB Reptile Experience is a reptile rescue program from Jacksonville that takes over 400 calls a year for both exotic and indigenous reptiles. Returning by popular demand, their presentation and seminar will be hands on, as the kids get to touch the animals and hold some of them, as they learn the special stories of these rescued herps from Bob Shumaker. If you like meeting the big reptiles, stop by this presentation and learn more.

When Bob presents at Repticon shows, often his presentations are so popular and so many of his animals are in attendance, he will tailor different presentations throughout the day to focus specifically on either large lizards or large snakes. Be sure to stop by LB's booth at the show to find out when to meet which types of these lovable animals
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Snakes Southeast 3



Snakes of the Southeast!


Daniel Parker from Sunshine Serpents will be giving a Powerpoint presentation on Snakes of the Southeast

Snakes of the Southeast:
"Was that a water snake or a cottonmouth? A scarlet king snake or a coral snake? Daniel Parker of Sunshine Serpents and University of Central Florida gives a general overview of the snake species of the southeastern United States with an emphasis on identification, conservation, and venomous snake safety. This presentation will include a colorful powerpoint presentation and live snakes."




Spiderboyz


Look Out! - Here Come the Spiderboyz!

Join both the human and invertebrate associates of Braxton and Asher, alias the Spiderboyz, as these arachno-philes web-sling their way into the show to fight the crimes of ignorance regarding arachnids and lack of appreciation for spiders! Encounter numerous species in this live animal presentation, where you will meet "safe tarantula's for kids and kids at heart."




Top Hat Gecko



Top Hat Geckos!



Learn all about one of the most popular lizards in the industry today from breeders Top Hat Geckos in their interactive presentation. See some specimens live and up close, and learn all albout how to care for these animals and find a fulfilling hobby with them.



Redfoot Ranch



Tortoises!



Bill Murray from Redfoot Ranch and the Central Florida Turtle and Tortoise Club will be speaking in a live animal presentation on tortoises. Tortoise presentations don't happen at every show, so schedule a time to learn more regarding these magnificent animals sometimes known to outlive their keepers!



Gator



Mary Bailey's Gator Country Theater



See an alligator show extraordinaire!
See Mary Bailey's Gator Country Theater Live Alligator Show!







Spectacular Venomous Presentations!

Mitch from Diamond Reptile Breeders will be giving a presentation on Spotted Turtles. Don't miss this opportunity to see and learn about these amazing animals!


   
  Repticon is pleased to offer 3 Ticket Options:
   
Online VIP Tickets: Good for Both Show Days.
  Includes VIP Hour - Early Admission at 9am on Saturday Only!
  $12 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free.
  Best Ticket Value!
  Product samples from ZooMed where available and while supplies last
  Exclusive online purchase - click here!
    Green Ticket
   
  All Online VIP tickets are held for pickup at our VIP check-in table at the event under the name entered on the online form during purchase, and are not mailed.
   
   
Two Day Tickets: May be Purchased at the Door.
  Good for both days and VIP hour admission.
  Does not include ZooMed bag premium or the online discount.
  $15 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free.
   
   
One Day Tickets: Available only at the door.
  Are not sold until 10am on Saturday.
  Do not include Saturday early VIP entry.
  $10 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free.
   
   
  Vendor Tables Sold Out!
Potential vendors to be placed on a Waitlist for this show.
Please submit the Vendor Waitlist Form by Clicking Here
   
Book Tables: Click HERE for Vendor Booking Form
   
Review Vendor Rules: Click HERE for Vendor Rules
   
Review State Requirments: Click HERE for Florida Laws
   
   
Vendor Contact: Florida, Nevada & CaliforniaShows Vendor Coordinator
  Naydine Espinosa
  (321) 445-7409
  naydine@repticon.com
   
   
Table Cost: Two Day Shows
  $95 - One Table
  $75 - Each Additional Table
  $250 - Four Table Package
  $30 - Extra "Back" Table (*limit one per vendor & two table minimum required*)
   
  Please click Here for the FIRExpo Lakeland Center Electric Order Form
   
Two Day Show Schedule for Vendors:  
  Friday
  2:00pm- 8:00pm Vendor Load-In
  8:00pm- Building is secured. Event staff remains in the venue.
   
  Saturday
  7:00am- 9:00am- Vendor Load-In
  9:00am- Show opens to VIPs only
  10:00am- SHOW OPENS TO GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET HOLDERS.
  3:00pm- Table Payment Due
  5:00pm- Show closes
  5:30pm- Exhibitors exit, event staff remains.
   
  Sunday
  9:00am- Venue open to Exhibitors.
  10:00am- SHOW OPENS.
  4:00pm- Show closes
  4:00pm- 6:00pm- Vendor load-out.
   

To Download a Copy of This Press Release, Click Here
Press Release
Press Release

FAQ
(Frequently Asked Questions)

Thank you for visiting the Repticon FAQ page. If the answer to your question isn’t on the page, please shoot us an email at RepticonEvents@repticon.com or visit our contacts page.

Vendor Questions:

Q. Are there any restrictions on the products or animals that can be sold at Repticon?

A. All animals must be healthy and legal to sell within the state. Vendors who intentionally and repeatedly offer illegal or unhealthy animals for sale may be banned from future shows.

Q. What if something is stolen from my table?

A. Each exhibitor is expected to appropriately display their materials and staff their tables in order to prohibit shoplifting or theft. Repticon is not responsible for any theft before, during, or after each event. If you see something that doesn’t look right, please tell us as soon as possible. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE SHOW!

Q. How do I book tables at the show? Do I have to pre-pay?

A. To book tables at a Repticon show, either utilize the online booking form here, or contact the Vendor Coordinator for the state in which the show is held, listed here. Although pre-payment is appreciated, vendors in good standing who have vended at prior Repticon expos are not required to pre-pay for tables.

Vendors who have never vended at a Repticon expo must submit a $50 deposit upon booking to secure tables. This $50 deposit is credited towards the total payment due at the show. (For example, a first-time vendor booking one table must submit $50 upon booking, with a balance due of $45 at the show, for a total table cost of $95.

Q. Do I need a banner and fancy neon sign?

A. No neon sign required. However, each exhibitor is expected to create a professional, attractive display area in their space. It is now mandatory that Vendors must have a tablecloth to cover all their tables. If necessary, Repticon will provide them at $3 per table.

Q. Can I let guests hold the animals?

A. Exhibitors who choose to remove non-venomous animals from their enclosures or allow guests to handle their animals are responsible for maintaining control of the animals at all time. Each exhibitor is exclusively liable for any damage to property or personal injury resulting from handling of their live animals on the host facility premises.

Q. An animal escaped...it was my mom’s favorite! What do I do?

A. Each exhibitor is responsible for ensuring that no animals leave their exhibit area unless under the control of an employee or customer. Each vendor is responsible for recapturing any escaped animals without unreasonable disruption to other exhibitors or guests. Any escaped animals must be immediately reported to Repticon. Any lost animals that are found after event hours or after the event closes become the property of Repticon, with no obligation for return to the original owner.

Q. Are there restrictions about Wild-Caught Animals?

A. There is no restriction regarding the sale of legal, wild-caught animals. Exhibitors are not required to display any particular signage, but are required to disclose any pertinent information to interested guests, including whether a particular animal is wild-caught or captive bred.

Guest Questions:

Q. Can I bring beer or funny drugs to the show?

A. No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are allowed in any Repticon show, and WE WILL ASK YOU TO LEAVE.

Q . Can I hold an animal at the show?

A. Each exhibitor is different so please ask before touching and always use hand sanitizer!

Q. Can I bring my personal animals to Repticon?

A. Guests can bring up to two animals inside the event. We feel strongly that this interaction will provide guests with an additional opportunity to engage in discussion with exhibitors and will generate excitement among event attendees. Animals brought by guests to the event must be in good health and under their control at all times. Any guests who violate that policy will be asked to leave the show.

Q. Can I sell my personal animals at the show?

A. Guests may not bring animals into the event for the purpose of selling them at the event, as only show vendors with appropriate permits may sell animals. Any guests who violate that policy will be asked to leave the show.

Q. Can I bring a venomous animal to a show?

A. Even though we have “hot” shows, venomous animals are never allowed to be brought in to our shows. We have very strict protocols that we follow and want to guarantee the safety of all our guests and exhibitors.

Q. How much are tickets?

A. You can purchase tickets HERE.

Q. You give away FREE animals on FaceBook! How do I win?

A. To learn more about our photo contests, click HERE.

Q. I think an animal is sick or has mites...what do I do?

A. First, talk to the vendor. If you need more assistance, you can always talk to one of the Repticon staff at the Info Booth.

Q. Please tell me, just one more time, what are the show hours?

A. Show hours are: Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Entry at 9:00 am) and Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm (No VIP Early Entry)

 

 

 

 









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Exhibitors at the September 2014 FIRExpo

Check back for Additions.

*Subject to change*
Vendor Tables Sold Out!
Potential vendors to be placed on a Waitlist for this show. Please submit the Vendor Waitlist Form by Clicking Here
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"Big Country" - Swamp Wars
A Family Affair
A Reptile Adventure
Adam Chesla Reptiles, Inc.
AJN Reptiles
Allgood Dragons, LLC
Bay Area Reptiles, Inc.
Beaded Dragon Central
Beardeddragon .co
Ben Cole Herps
Berry Zoo
Beyond The Scale Reptiles
BND MORPHS
BSJ Enterprises INC
American Travel Partners Inc
Butterflies n things
Captive Bred Reptiles
Cardin's Chameleons
Carl Reich
Chamalot Chameleons
Cold Blood Reptiles
Cougar Geckos
Critter Encounters
Cutterz Critterz
David Semones Wildlife Art
Davinci Boas
DNK Reptiles
Doctor Orlando Diaz Vet?
Dominant Dragons
Dragon Trax
Dragon Wings N Things
Dragonbackbone. com
Dragons 4 You
DZB Reptiles
Everything Pets
Exotic Jungle
Explicit Morphs
F.N. Geckos
Fairytail Dragons
Family Reptiles
Feeder Source
First Choice Reptiles
Florida C.L.A.W.S
Florida Reptile Room
Full Spectrum
Gaia Exotics
Gerbil Gems
GmansReptilesandSupplies. com
Graziani Reptiles, Inc.
Gulf Coast
Herp Hobby Shop
Iguana Brothers
J & T Reptiles & Exotics
J² Geckos
Jack Miller Reptiles
Josh Robertson Reptiles
K & M Dragons
Kamp Kenan
Kelly's Balls
Lee's Oketees
Leprechaun Reptiles
Manatee Suncoast lizards LLC
MattJReptiles .com
Medusa's Morphs
Mr. Petman
Nature's Wonders
Poggi's Animal House
Poison Dart Frog Breeding
Premium Crickets
Quality Morph Constrictors
Ready To Go Reptiles
Redfoot Ranch
Reptile Collective
Reptiles by Rekowski
Resort Property Promotions
RG Reptiles
Rhythmic Reptiles
Soul Frogs
Sublime Morphs
Sun Styles
Suncoast Reptile Distributors
Sunshine Chameleons, LLC
SwampHouse Exotics
T.R. Herp
The LB Reptile Experience
Verizon FiOS

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Exhibitors at the September 2014 FIRExpo

Check back for Additions.

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Potential vendors to be placed on a Waitlist for this show. Please submit the Vendor Waitlist Form by Clicking Here
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Vendor
"Big Country" - Swamp Wars
A Family Affair
A Reptile Adventure
Adam Chesla Reptiles, Inc.
AJN Reptiles
Allgood Dragons, LLC
Bay Area Reptiles, Inc.
Beaded Dragon Central
Beardeddragon .co
Ben Cole Herps
Berry Zoo
Beyond The Scale Reptiles
BND MORPHS
BSJ Enterprises INC
American Travel Partners Inc
Butterflies n things
Captive Bred Reptiles
Cardin's Chameleons
Carl Reich
Chamalot Chameleons
Cold Blood Reptiles
Cougar Geckos
Critter Encounters
Cutterz Critterz
David Semones Wildlife Art
Davinci Boas
DNK Reptiles
Doctor Orlando Diaz Vet?
Dominant Dragons
Dragon Trax
Dragon Wings N Things
Dragonbackbone. com
Dragons 4 You
DZB Reptiles
Everything Pets
Exotic Jungle
Explicit Morphs
F.N. Geckos
Fairytail Dragons
Family Reptiles
Feeder Source
First Choice Reptiles
Florida C.L.A.W.S
Florida Reptile Room
Full Spectrum
Gaia Exotics
Gerbil Gems
GmansReptilesandSupplies. com
Graziani Reptiles, Inc.
Gulf Coast
Herp Hobby Shop
Iguana Brothers
J & T Reptiles & Exotics
J² Geckos
Jack Miller Reptiles
Josh Robertson Reptiles
K & M Dragons
Kamp Kenan
Kelly's Balls
Lee's Oketees
Leprechaun Reptiles
Manatee Suncoast lizards LLC
MattJReptiles .com
Medusa's Morphs
Mr. Petman
Nature's Wonders
Poggi's Animal House
Poison Dart Frog Breeding
Premium Crickets
Quality Morph Constrictors
Ready To Go Reptiles
Redfoot Ranch
Reptile Collective
Reptiles by Rekowski
Resort Property Promotions
RG Reptiles
Rhythmic Reptiles
Soul Frogs
Sublime Morphs
Sun Styles
Suncoast Reptile Distributors
Sunshine Chameleons, LLC
SwampHouse Exotics
T.R. Herp
The LB Reptile Experience
Verizon FiOS