Showtime dates shifting

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- In response to the changing supply chain cycle, the International Textile Market Association will change the dates of the semiannual Showtime fabric fair here after the July 2005 show.

“We have to make this show meaningful for the buyer, because otherwise, what is the point?” said Jack Cobb, president of American Decorative Fabrics and of ITMA. He said that about 77 percent of ITMA members and buyers surveyed at Showtime in January were in favor of moving from the traditional January and July schedule. The show will shift to December and June, beginning this December.

The event was already locked into its dates for the July 2005 show. However, what would have been the January 2006 show will now take place Dec. 11-14, 2005.

Beginning in 2006, the opening days of Showtime will be the first Sundays of December and June, except when Thanksgiving and Memorial Day create a conflict.

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