Every year the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce coordinates the area’s most popular trade show for winter visitors to the Emerald Coast. For years it was known as the Senior Snowbird Expo, and in 2011, it was rebranded as the Winter Guest Fest, presented by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals. The event will be from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 14 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center Ballroom. Admission is $1. Ask those snowbirds who’ve attended for years, and they will tell you that it’s the event they wait for, packed with coupons, giveaways, and surprises for all. In 2012, more than 2,000 people attended, and virtually all of them left smiling. “That’s the best dollar I ever spent.”

With shopping, dining, local entertainment, resorts, hotels, and more being represented, the Winter Guest Fest is sure to be entertaining, educational and a great way to spend the morning for all. If you would like to be one of the local businesses represented at this great event, please visit the Chamber’s website to download the application and return it to Rachelle Graves at the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce by mail, fax, or email. Credit card payments can also be made over the phone. Vendor booths are going quickly. Attendees walk away with prizes, coupons, and many free promotional items that will keep your business name with them long after they have left the Conference Center.

This year’s event is being co-sponsored by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, News Talk Radio 1260, the Northwest Florida Daily News, and Snowbirds Magazine. For more information, directions, and vendor applications, call 850-244-1931 or email RachelleGraves@fwbchamber.org.