There are several benefits for attending and exhibiting at a home show for both the home owner as well as suppliers of products and services for the industry.

Homeowner Benefits:

• Learn about the latest trends in home renovation and improvement.

• Face-to-face meetings with professional suppliers of products and services for your home.

• Hands on experience with products and services.

• Fun for the whole family!

Exhibitor Benefits:

• Opportunity to display your products and services in front of a “live” audience.

• During show and post show referrals come after attendees spread the word about unique products and services that they saw at the show.

• Participation shows support of the community as well as the local industry.

• Networking with the general public and industry professionals.

The HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS FALL HOME SHOW is coming back to the Gateway Center in Collinsville on Friday, September 11th through Sunday, September 13th, 2015! This event is free to attend.  The hours are September 11th - 4pm to 8pm; September 12th - 10am to 7pm; September 13th - 11am to 4pm.

For more info, check out their website:


The General Association of General Baptists (GAGB) will be hosting a convention named RISE: MISSIONS & MINISTRY SUMMIT 2015 at Gateway Center on July 19-20-21-22. The Summit is the annual conference and training seminar for the GAGB. The meeting incorporates engaging worship services, relevant training, and mission challenges in the local, national, and international levels.

This convention was in Collinsville in 2011 and we are thrilled to be welcoming them back to Gateway Center! RISE will draw a crowd of 950 people and a total of 775+ hotel room nights over the course of the event at DoubleTree Hotel & Hampton Inn. Not only will the event attendees and their families patronize Collinsville hotels, but they will also visit our restaurants and attractions. They are even hosting a party at Splash City Water Park one evening while they are in town. 

This event is a prime example of the economic impact that conventions held at Gateway Center generate for our entire community. Let’s roll out our red carpet and welcome this group to Collinsville!

Estimated Economic Impact of the General Association of General Baptists Convention:  $568,500*

*The estimated economic impact figures reflected above are inclusive of lodging and food & beverage purchases; however, do not account for any discretionary spending by convention delegates such as retail purchases, recreation, local transportation (taxi-limo), gasoline purchases, entertainment, etc. 


Gateway Bridal Show Cake Dive


Ready… Set… Dive!

Mark your calendars my friends because the 6th Annual Cake Dive is taking place on August 9, 2015 at the Gateway Center Bridal Show! All brides will receive free admission into the show and then five lucky individuals will be chosen to dive into a cake. 

Now some of you may be thinking, what exactly is a cake dive? Well it is exactly what it sounds like; five brides will dive into a cake face first without using their hands!  They have to keep their hands behind their back in order to find the five different prizes inside the cake! It can actually be quite the task but you get to indulge in a delicious cake made by Artistry on Cakes and you will get a prize out of it! And, you most likely will have a hilarious story to tell all your wedding guests about the time when your face and hair was covered in cake!

The five prizes that will be hidden in the cake include:

The Grand Prize: Free Honeymoon! (Some restrictions may apply)

A 4 Day/ 3 Night stay at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort courtesy of Travel Haus St. Louis and Palace Resorts. The resort is all inclusive and located in Cancun, Mexico. The Resort is known for their world renowned service and their endless amounts of entertainment and activities.  If the couple is looking for an active honeymoon they will always have something to do and if they are looking for a relaxing honeymoon, their beautiful beaches are the place for the two love birds.

Prize Number Two: Free Wedding DJ Package!

Night Magic Entertainment is giving away a $495 value package that is yours for free for 3 hours! The newlyweds and their guests can dance the night away to the music of their liking and can put that $495 towards something else in their wedding budget!

Prize Number Three: $250 Off Bridal Gown!

Champagne and Lace Bridal is taking $250 off of a bridal gown with $1000 value. One lucky bride can now purchase that dream dress of hers that she has had her eyes on for awhile now, and it will be even sweeter that she can get it with a discounted price!

Prize Number Four: $100 Off Wedding Cake!

Thanks to Artistry on Cakes, who has been named the #1 Wedding Cake Designers by Brides of The Knot, for giving one lucky diver $100 off of a wedding cake! So make sure you taste the cake that you are diving into because you may want one just like it!

Prize Number Five: 6 Free Tuxedos!

Your Guys have to look just as good as your girls do right? Well, Willard’s Formal Wear will be providing 6 free tuxedos to one winner to make sure that her significant other is just as stunning as she is!

These prizes are no joke ladies, so don’t waste any time and pre-register today! When you pre-register, the bride gets to bring one free guest.  That guest could even take a video of the cake dive for you if you get chosen! Even if you do not get chosen for the cake dive, it is great entertainment and you do not want to miss it!

For more information, visit:


By, Shelby Culli

It’s Time to Dive In!

The Gateway Bridal Show is giving one lucky couple the chance to dive into beautiful blue waters on their honeymoon at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico but first she has to dive into a wedding cake!

Five blushing brides will be chosen to dig through a cake without using their hands to find a prize! There are five different prizes in the beautiful built cake, but the ultimate prize is a free honeymoon! Who wouldn’t pass up this opportunity?

The Honeymoon is a 4 day/3 night stay at an all inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico. Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort is settled in the outskirts of Cancun and only a 10 minute drive from the international airport located in Cancun. The resort is known for their endless entertainment and activity options, and their world renowned service.

The lush landscapes, blue waters, and beautiful beaches will catch your eye the moment you step foot on the resort.  It will make you think back to that time when your face and hair was covered in cake and think, “Wow that was totally worth it for this wonderful, FREE, honeymoon!”  And your significant other will be worshiping you just a little bit more than they already did, and you know the wallet will be too. 

It is no secret that wedding planning can be a stressful time, and your honeymoon is the time to let go of all that stress and enjoy the time spent with your wonderful new spouse. I have a feeling that the warm sun and lush beaches are already calling your name and you are just itching to get there…  So give yourself the chance to win that stress free honeymoon by coming to the Gateway Bridal Show and possibly diving into a wedding cake!

For more information, visit:


~By, Shelby Culli

4 Reasons to Attend the Gateway Bridal Show

1. With over 100 Attendance Prizes, a Free Hawaiian Honeymoon Drawing, Brides Loves Prizes, and Bridalicious Prizes, the Gateway Bridal Show provides you with more opportunities to win prizes than any other bridal show in the area. 

2. 100 Wedding Experts in 1 room! This is your chance to meet the area's best Wedding Professionals that offer the newest products and best services. You can save valuable time by being able to visit with many vendors in one evening instead of spending hours upon hours researching online, making calls, sending emails, and making appointments.  

3. Free food! Not only will Ovations (Gateway Center's in-house caterer) offer complimentary food in the Wedding Show Room, but you can also enjoy free samples at the caterers and cake company booths too. 

4. Inspiration is everywhere! You can view multiple show rooms as well as vendor's booths to get new ideas for personalizing your wedding and event décor. 

The Gateway Bridal Show is on Thursday, January 22 at Gateway Center in Collinsville from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM. For more info or to pre-register go to



Hello Everyone:

Gateway Center will to be hosting the Let’s Go Fishing Show on January 2-3-4, 2015.  We intend to increase attendance every year by providing an exciting, family friendly show with interactive activities, live demonstrations, free seminars, prize opportunities and quality exhibitors. 

I have some exciting news!  I am expecting another little girl on October 9.  Therefore, this fall I will be out on maternity leave.  In the mean time, I am working hard and doing as much planning as possible prior to my departure.

My co-worker Kayleen Huber is going to produce the Let’s Go Fishing Show while I am out.  Kayleen has lots of experience planning events at Gateway Center.  I am confident that things will run smoothly while I’m out and I won’t even be missed!  

I should be back for the show, so I hope to see you then!

Thank you,

Jamie Lane




Hello Everyone:

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to produce the Let’s Go Fishing Show on January 2-3-4, 2015 in Jamie’s absence.  I know that I have some big shoes to fill, but I am ready and excited for the challenge.

I have been with Gateway Center for 3 years in the capacities of Event Manager and Sales Manager.  The 2015 show will be my fourth Let’s Go Fishing Show, so I am familiar with many of your booths and products.  Perhaps you have seen me already at the previous shows.

Whether I have met you in the past or you are new to Gateway Center’s Let’s Go Fishing Show, I look forward to working with you all to create a fun and successful show.  If there is anything I can do to help you in any way, do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you,

Kayleen Huber





Vendors like the Let's Go Fishing Show because we offer:
- Affordable price 
- Easy access in and out of the building
- Free parking for all 
- Convenient location 
- Close proximity to restaurants & lodging 
- Free Hot Breakfast & Appetizers at the 2015 Host Hotel DRURY INN COLLINSVILLE