The OC Fair & Event Center is a very well-known and popular location for both special events and commercial activities. The site is very easily accessed from all major freeways and benefits from plenty of parking, climate-controlled buildings, food vendors, restrooms, ATM's, and many other amenities that are available. OCFEC hosts the annual OC Fair each summer

Orange County, California is one of the most desirable locations in the world for travel, vacations, business conventions, industry trade-shows, concerts, and festivals. Orange County is very centralized to the greater LA, Riverside, San Bernardo, and San Diego counties. OCFEC is literally minutes away from Disneyland, Beaches, and other attractions.

MAX booth prices are extremely low compared to what is received in return. Prices are reflective of a three-day indoor event and inclusive of all amenities listed below. Admission price is only $15 for adults and FREE for children and under, so as to encourage family participation. MAX is designed to be very affordable for both exhibitors and attendees!

All booth rentals include exhibit space, full selling rights, Pipe-n-drape, Tables and table cloths, Chairs, Saltwater for exhibits, WiFi, ID badges, ATM, Food/beverage vendors, Climate-controlled building, clean restrooms, seating area, etc. We provide ALL the items in a simple/single price that other trade shows charge separately for! 20-amp electricity is available for a nominal fee, if needed.

Gain immediate exposure to over 3,000 hobbyists in the largest and most economically powerful market in the entire nation! Sales/Trade/Promotions to this large of an audience is absolutely priceless to any business! Network and interact with over 100 fellow exhibitors, including manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and livestock sellers from all over the industry

An entire day is dedicated for set-up, prior to opening the trade show. A public address system, radios, and a competent staff help coordinate a smooth operation. Attendees have dozens of exhibitors’ booths, 6 speakers, 2 HUGE Raffles, and Multiple Workshops and/or educational exhibits to keep them busy. There is also the OC Market Place next door and hand stamps for re-entry.

THOUSANDS of dollars are spent to get the word out for MAX via posters, postcards, flyers, advertisements, business cards, and other printed media. Look for MAX postcards and other printed materials at your favorite local fish store. Hobbyists and business owners alike are all very supportive in helping to spread the word about MAX through “word-of-mouth” advertising.

Marine Aquarium Expo is a consumer/trade show for the consumer, the hobbyist, and all the supporting businesses that cater to them. This annual event will grow exponentially larger with each passing year due in no small part to its popular venue. MAX is in its 3rd year and is already the largest show of its kind in North America in terms of attendance! We intend to continue this success and make MAX the most significant show of its kind for our industry!

Marine Aquarium eXpo

Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) is the largest marine aquarium event in North America.  Now in its sixth year, MAX will draw enthusiasts from all over the nation to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California on April 7-8, 2018.  Anyone with a passion, intrigue, or mere interest in the aquarium hobby is welcome to attend Saturday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Friday, April 1st is reserved for exhibitor setup only.  The Entrance Fee is $10 per day for adults, $5 for seniors & Military w/I.D., and FREE for children under 12 years of age!

Featuring a vast marketplace of nearly 100 exhibiting booths, six speakers, various workshops, and two huge raffles in nearly 36,000 sq. feet of space, MAX is an all-inclusive marine event that features a colorful array of fish/reef aquariums and peripheral goods and equipment, corals, inverts and frags for display, trade, and sale.  Retail sales/trade activities, exhibition, showcases, and promotion are all equally encouraged.  Every registered exhibitor will receive reserved floor space, pipe-and-drape, table(s), tablecloth(s), chairs, and even saltwater included in the booth fees. WiFi, and 20-amp electricity are available at minimal additional cost.  All exhibitors and attendees enjoy a clean, comfortable, and affordable venue while exploring the thousands of exciting items available.

MAX provides the perfect annual opportunity to educate, demonstrate, and communicate an accumulated wealth of reef product and knowledge.  Attendees are exposed to the most innovative aquarium enterprises by a strong mix of participating vendors, purposely booked to provide a broad range of interests in the industry.  Large manufacturers, wholesalers/distributors, retailers, and even hobbyists will be represented to provide the best value for the event.

Southern California is one of the most spectacular areas in the world for the aquatics industry, not only in the proliferation of marine retail and supply, but also in the demographics.  The density of aquarium hobbyists residing within the greater L.A. and Orange County areas is simply unmatched, and we certainly leverage this advantage in our choice of venue at the OC Fair & Event Center and invest MAX with the professional quality and effort it deserves.  We cordially invite you to participate in this outstanding event.

K.T. Adams
President, CEO

Events produced by Sunset Promotional Services, Inc.:

  1. Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) - April 5-6, 2008 Costa Mesa, CA
  2. Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) - April 3-5, 2009 Costa Mesa, CA
  3. Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) - April 10-11, 2010 Costa Mesa, CA
  4. Aquarium & Pond Expo (APEX) - August 10-11, 2010 Pomona, CA
  5. Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) - April 2-3, 2011 Costa Mesa, CA
  6. Seattle Marine Aquarium Expo (SEAMAX) July 23-24, 2011 Seattle, WA
  7. Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) - March 31-April 1, 2012 Costa Mesa, CA
  8. Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) - April 6-7, 2013 Costa Mesa, CA
  9. Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) - April 5-6, 2014 Costa Mesa, CA
  10. Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) - April 18-19, 2015 Costa Mesa, CA
  11. Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) - April 2-3, 2016 Costa Mesa, CA
  12. Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) - April 7-8, 2018 Costa Mesa, CA

For more Information Please Contact:

Sunset Promotional Services, Inc.


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