Recap of the Young Professionals Powwow + Trade Show & Convention



By Freddy Gipp

Lead Horse LLC raised over $20K to host the 2nd annual Young Professionals Powwow+ Trade Show and Convention on Wednesday July 17, 2019 in Downtown Lawrence, Kansas at Abe and Jake’s Landing.

The Powwow was open to Native American dancers and singers between the ages of 18-35 and hosted six guest speakers who discussed various topics that impact Indian
Country such as entrepreneurship, social inclusion, tribal government and economic development.

The Young Professionals Powwow attracted over 80 registered dancers and singers from more than 20 different states, including one Canadian province (Saskatchewan).

The goal of this event was to showcase the economic feasibility of a strategically placed weekday Native American celebration and provide evidence that these celebrations can spark economic opportunity for all urban and rural communities.

Participants from Washington state, to Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Canada had one thing in common: They were willing to travel any distance at any time and found themselves in Lawrence, Kansas on a Wednesday.

According to the event survey, more than 70 percent of the participants traveled more than three hours with 26 percent traveling nine or more hours to Lawrence, Kansas.

The emphasis on the weekday is extremely important because Native American Powwows are typically held during the weekends (Friday through Sunday). This event demonstrated the popularity of weekday powwows, as the third annual in 2020 is expected to experience continued growth.

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