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Feel Like a Kid Again at Clean ’19! (Part 1)

Show Guide: Clean Show coming to New Orleans June 20-23

CRESCENT CITY — Welcome to the Clean ’19 Show Guide!

Feel like a kid again?...

You will when you hit town in the Crescent City this summer for the Clean Show and all the convention fun, networking experiences, booth surfing, and of course all the tasty things to get busy sampling while you’re in New Orleans. (Just like that beignet from Café du Monde the young man is thoroughly enjoying!)

And we haven’t even mentioned the opportunities to listen to all the great jazz, rock, R&B, and Zydeco music you’ll be hearing on the streets and in the clubs.

The Clean Show is almost here, and we’ve got details:

Started in 1977, the Clean Show celebrates its 42nd anniversary in New Orleans June 20-23.

Joe Ricci, Clean ’19 executive committee chairman, and president of TRSA, the association for linen, uniform and facility services, says this about the big event: “The Clean Show is a culmination of nearly 24 months of hard work and cooperation between sponsoring associations that represent nearly every facet of the textile care industry, from small local, single facility or store operations to regional, national and even international companies.”

Ricci also notes: “We work closely with show management and vendors to create a marketplace that promotes innovation and a forum for the exchange of information regarding trends and best practices; all focused on helping our respective members improve productivity, operations and profitability.”

Clean Show management firm Riddle & Associates describes the big fabricare get-together as, “the largest industry show in the world featuring working equipment and education.”

The Clean Show, known by its full name as the World Educational Congress for Laundering and Drycleaning, has a new proprietor, Messe Frankfurt, Inc., which bought the show earlier this year.

Five associations sponsor the Clean Show: Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI); Textile Care Allied Trades Association (TCATA); Association for Linen Management (ALM); Coin Laundry Association (CLA); and, Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA).

Mary Scalco, CEO of DLI, relates this thought on the coming show: “Clean 2019 in New Orleans is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best Clean Shows. Exhibit sales are rivaling Las Vegas, which is always a great site for the Clean Show, and hotel reservations are near peak.”

Scalco adds that, “Our goal with the Clean Show is to bring the newest technology and the best educational opportunities to the fabricare industry and to throw in a little fun as well.”

“There will be offered 30 hours of education sessions,” show management explains, “that will focus on technical information, trends, business management, and environmental and regulatory issues.”

As of this press time Riddle & Associates says it anticipates more than 12,000 attendees from over 100 countries and six continents, and over 400 exhibiting companies, filling over 210,000 sq. ft. of booth/stand space.

Note: Click on the link HERE to go to the digital version of the May issue and find an exhibitors list (as of publishing of the May printed version); the 30 educational programs; and a story about longtime show organizer John Riddle.

Those planning to attend Clean ’19 can register online at www.

This year Germany-based Messe Frankfurt, an international trade fair, congress and event organizer and the largest in the textile care industry, purchased the Clean Show from the five sponsoring associations, Riddle notes.

As part of the acquisition, the sponsor associations will maintain their close involvement with the show, and Messe Frankfurt aims to continue the Clean Show success story.

The Clean Show has developed with the times, the show organizer says, and has a strong social media presence. Attendees and exhibitors can get updates on the upcoming show, registration, and Clean Show facts on its Facebook and Twitter pages. (Check these: #clean2019 and @thecleanshow.)

“As social media takes a larger role in communication, the Clean Show interacts with attendees and can answer questions on social media platforms to better engage with its followers,” Riddle adds.

About Clean Show history.... Several U.S. cities have hosted the Clean Show over the years. The first two shows were in Chicago, where it has been held four times. New Orleans is hosting Clean 2019 for the sixth time, tied with Las Vegas. Atlanta follows closely behind Chicago with three shows. Orlando has hosted twice and Dallas once.

The last Clean Show, held in Las Vegas in June 2017, was named one of Trade Show Executive’s 50 Fastest-Growing shows of 2017, Riddle points out.

“The Clean Show has become the most highly awaited trade show in the industry,” Riddle notes. “Clean ’19 provides a platform for all industry professionals and companies to come together on the show floor to share ideas, technologies, education, and networking. If you are in this industry, the Clean Show is something you do not want to miss!”

Check back next Tuesday for the conclusion.

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In For The Grin!  All smiles as this young man enjoys a powdery-sugary beignet from the famous Café Du Monde, which opened in 1862, and is a famous landmark that sits right near the Mississippi River serving tasty treats and a distinctive-flavored chicory coffee all its own. It’s pure New Orleans! (Photo by Zack Smith courtesy of New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau)

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Lining Up For A Good Time!  Attendees at the last Clean Show two years ago get ready to enter on the first morning. For Clean ’19 in New Orleans excitement will be equally high. (Photo by Nathan Frerichs)

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It’s Always Sunny in Crescent City!  Clean ’19 hits town, and in between four days of show floor exhibits and educational activities, there’s always time to enjoy the bright summer fun ‘n’ sun in New Orleans! (Photo by Zack Smith courtesy of New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Have a question or comment? E-mail our editor Dave Davis at [email protected].