The Nail Tech Event of the Smokies idea began in 2007 to bring affordable nail education to our overlooked area of the South.
The resort town of Gatlinburg, TN was chosen because it's within a day’s drive for over 50% of the population living east of the Mississippi & is a fun family vacation destination.
12 million people a year visit Gatlinburg & the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which unlike other Parks is still FREE to explore!
Our humble beginnings started in 2008 as a small nail tech networking event held in a hotel ballroom.
We met our goal of 50 nail techs attending & six educators demoing on tables with nail icon Vicki Peters as the guest speaker.
Within 3 years we'd become the largest nail tech networking event in the USA!
In 2010 we developed the concept of holding Monday Workshops the day after the show, with Saturday Workshops added later by demand.
After outgrowing 2 venues within 4 years, in 2012 we moved into the Gatlinburg Convention Center as a licensed LLC trade show.
Thanks to the great word of mouth referrals from nail techs, educators & company owners alike, we have grown to 550+ attending nail techs, 200+ educators & 50+ nail companies all selling & demoing hand, foot & boutique salon products.
We are the only USA Nail Show that's strictly open only to licensed beauty pro's & is NOT open to the general public (that includes "influencers" or other nail lovers, too).
NEW for 2019 were the "Extended Workshops" which are hands-on classes held offsite on Friday by Sanctioned nail companies.
"SANCTIONED" means approved by Show Management.... not a piggybacking free-for-all by anyone looking to make a quick buck off our nail techs while disregarding the detrimental impact it has on all the legitimate participating companies.
"THE EVENT TEAM" changes yearly & has been comprised of friends & family using their own vacation time volunteering to help run this grassroots show on a shoestring budget while operating with NO DEBT.
Learning as we went, each year I cash-flowed expenses by rolling over profits saved from prior years to insure show stability. And I still do nails part time in my private studio for my beloved client-friends, too.
Behind the scenes there's a TON of work that you don't see & I thank you for all your support.
We are proof that anything's possible when the nail world pulls together for the good of us all & you're welcome to join us as we create "nail tech pride".... one tech at a time!
Jill Wright, Event Coordinator & Nail Tech
"The Gala" Dinner and Cocktails
The Gala ticket sales start Jan. 1st
It is our great pleasure to welcome back Precision Nails owner Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D. as the official pre-party host!
This Saturday evening soiree' is for celebrating our distinguished Gala Sponsors, along with enjoying delicious food, signature drinks & nail tech camaraderie.
One non-pro guest over age 21 yrs are welcome with their paid Gala ticket. Guests receive a Sponsors Gift Bag of products.
Table reservations of 8-10 are available for you & your friends to sit together. Unless a table has been reserved, seating is on a 1st come basis & no seats can be held.
Only Sponsors are permitted to distribute company literature other than business cards.
Sponsorship or table reservation inquiries: Celebrate@TheEventGala.com.
The Gala tickets go on sale Jan. 1st each year until sold out.