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Scene Stealers

December 1, 2016

Three Wow! installations showcase talent and problem-solving in the tent industry. Each year, dozens of tent and event rental companies submit their outstanding projects to the IFAI International Achievement Awards (IAA), a competition that recognizes design excellence and technical skill in specialty fabrics. The 2016 submissions demonstrate that creativity and problem-solving continue to drive the …

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Finishing Touches

Tented events take place in all kinds of weather, upping the demand for doors and specialty sidewalls. The popularity of tented events can be attributed, at least in part, to the human desire to be outdoors. However, this doesn’t mean that people actually want to experience being outside. Instead, they want the panoramic vistas while …

Premier Product Showcase 2017

The products you need for the tented events you want. Editor’s note: The companies in this section submitted product information by the specified deadline. This section is organized by three product categories: tents, structures and fabric; decor and accessories; and tools and equipment. InTents features a regular New Products section in each issue. To have …

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Putting tents in their place with ballasting

October 1, 2016

Tent rental companies use IFAI’s ballasting tool to provide accurate amounts of weight, meet code compliance and create a safe experience for event guests. When it came to calculating weight requirements to anchor commercial tents in the past, rental companies needed some math and science on their side. They typically determined ballasting weights by what …

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Drone photography soars for tent professionals

Drone photography is the latest tool for tent professionals to show off their stuff. I flew a drone for the first time at IFAI Tent Expo 2015 and was instantly obsessed. The experience of controlling a copter 400 feet away was amazing! The things I could see and the photos and video I could take …

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Clear tents are trending

Clear tents are a profitable inventory item for tent rental companies that want to offer clients the perfect setting for distinctive events. Dramatic. Unique. One of a kind. Personal. These are just a few of the words that top the inspiration boards of tent rental clients. As more end users look for that fresh, distinctive …

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Secondary tents play essential roles at large events

August 1, 2016

Tents are vital components of many large outdoor events, and it is easy to see why. They offer protection from the elements, stunning visuals and atmospheres that can range from romantic to festive. They make outdoor spaces useful for eating, dancing, learning and entertainment. Behind a beautiful main event tent, however, there is often a …

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Embracing high-tech tools to stay competitive

From RFID to GPS, Mike Holland embraces high tech tools to keep Chattanooga Tent Co. at the leading edge. We embrace technology here,” says Mike Holland, president of Chattanooga Tent Co., Chattanooga, Tenn. “Especially when it comes to material handling, we’re always looking for anything that can help us work smarter and be more efficient.” …

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The challenge of pulling off two uniquely different back-to-back events under one tent

Lili Shadab, creative director and CEO of Elite Productions in Laguna Niguel, Calif., understands what it takes to use creativity, concise communication and streamlined production management to create two back-to-back, separately designed events using one tent. Elite Productions was given the fun, yet challenging task of creating two distinct, back-to-back events at a well-loved beachside …

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Revealing the romance of sailcloth tents

July 1, 2016

Trendspotting online shows tent renters and manufacturers what brides are looking for. If you want to know what’s trending in fashionable apparel, look to Paris, France. If you want to know what’s trending in automotive design, look to Torino, Italy. If you want to know what’s trending in cuisine, look on either coast of the …