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Woodworking show at State Fair Park cancelled

Posted at 9:58 PM, Mar 03, 2017

The Woodworking Show won't be making a stop in Milwaukee this year, and it doesn't have to do with a lack of ticket sales. The show was set to be held at the state fairgrounds in the Wisconsin Expo Center next weekend, but it's been cancelled. 

Curt Blank has been going to the event since the early 90's.      

"The ticket is good for all three days so sometimes I'm there all three days even if I don't need anything," said Woodworking Hobbyist Curt Blank.

Woodworking is a hobby for Blank. He goes to the show to find deals and learn new skills. 

"That's how I outfitted a lot of the stuff I have in this shop," said Blank.

Blank says an email from the woodworking show says the event wasn't cancelled due to a lack of interest.  It says the Expo Center went through a lot of turnover this past year and the date was given to a whole-hall event.  The email says the show does plan to return to Milwaukee next year. 

The location brings people from all over the region - some who might not typically drive to Neu's Building Center in Menomonee Falls.

"We are the primary tool vendor down there, so when we're getting a chance for all these people to get to know Neu's and what we do, and the relationships that we build; that's very important for us to continue to do," said Neu's Building Center Manager Keith Neu.

Neu's Building Center has had a booth at the show for at least 15 years.  The store found out it was cancelled mid-February. 

"We already had our orders in to take down," Neu said.

A sports show is set to take over the Expo Center next weekend. As of Friday night, the Expo Center hasn't commented. 

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