It’s safe to say that the first Decorative Concrete Fair was a resounding success! The Solomon Colors training facility in Springfield, IL hosted over 350 concrete contractors, materials distributors, ready mix producers, architects, and engineers from around the world. Each attendee got to witness excellent demos by Bob Harris, Troy Lemon, Keefe Duhon, Rachel Knigge Bruce, Tom Dombalis, Trademark Concrete, PolishedCrete, Paul Schneider, Huber Custom Coatings, and John Reynolds. Informative After Hours seminars were also presented by Rocky Geans, Ed McLean, Harlan Baldridge, and Bent Mikkelson. It was a busy three days, full of education, development, and professional camaraderie.

A crowd eagerly watches a stampable overlay demonstration.

A crowd eagerly watches a stampable overlay demonstration.

A QuickColor Granular Bucket Table gets demoed. It was one of the several dispensers on display at the Decorative Concrete Fair. Color for the trainers' slabs was batched on site.

A QuickColor Granular Bucket Table gets demoed. It was one of the several dispensers on display at the Decorative Concrete Fair. Color for the trainers' slabs was batched on site.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the whole event was the stellar fundraising for Concrete Cares. Raffles, carnival games, and a dunk tank helped Concrete Cares raise over $10,000! These proceeds will go directly to those affected by cancer, to help them overcome and heal.

Mike Murray with Concrete Cares raised thousands of dollars for cancer through raffles and contests.

Mike Murray with Concrete Cares raised thousands of dollars for cancer through raffles and contests.

Solomon Colors Sales Manager Keith Nault (Upper Midwest & Dakotas) was one of many who took to the dunk tank to help raise money for Concrete Cares.

Solomon Colors Sales Manager Keith Nault (Upper Midwest & Dakotas) was one of many who took to the dunk tank to help raise money for Concrete Cares.

Reactions are still coming in, but the feedback has been universally positive. Attendees glowed about the education they walked away with. Even pros with over a decade in the industry were heard to say they learned new tricks and techniques that would serve them well in the field.

Trainer Mike Archambault explains stamped concrete tricks and techniques with the crowd.

Trainer Mike Archambault explains stamped concrete tricks and techniques with the crowd.

Bob and LeAnn Harris were crowd favorites with their decorative saw cuts and acid staining demonstrations.

Bob and LeAnn Harris were crowd favorites with their decorative saw cuts and acid staining demonstrations.

Keefe Duhon puts the final touches on his faux-wood microtopping.

Keefe Duhon puts the final touches on his faux-wood microtopping.

We, at Solomon Colors, could not be more pleased with how the Decorative Concrete Fair turned out. Thank you to all of our trainers and presenters. Thank you to the supporting vendors and exhibitors: Concrete Network, Concrete Contractor, Concrete Décor, Kraft Tool, Blastrac, Pullman Ermator, Concrete Cares. And a big thank you to everyone who broke away from their busy schedules to attend. We hope to see you all at the next Decorative Concrete Fair!