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Toy Fair Dallas postponed until next year

Published on: 31st August 2021

Toy Fair Dallas, which was scheduled to take place in October, has been postponed by organisers The Toy Association due to the ongoing challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event had been planned to take place from 5th to 7th October, however it is anticipated that new dates in 2022 will be secured at the Dallas Market Center.

“While our exhibitors and hundreds of retail buyers were looking forward to coming back together in person this fall, the health and safety of the greater toy community remains The Toy Association’s number one priority,” said Steve Pasierb, president & CEO of The Toy Association. “In the interim, we remain committed to the ‘possible’ and continue to focus our efforts on providing retail buyers and toymakers with effective ways to connect and do business.”

In 2020, The Toy Association responded to the pandemic by offering digital business solutions which continue to be active and vital in 2021 including the Toy Fair Everywhere 24/7 digital marketplace and an exclusive series of retailer virtual product preview events connecting toymakers with top-tier buyers. While the toy industry also deals with impacts of the global shipping crisis, the Toy Fair Everywhere platform offers thousands of toy and play products available for immediate distribution to retailers.

Plans for Toy Fair New York 2022 continue to forge ahead, with bookings and enthusiasm for the show both growing, and the event is scheduled to take place from 19th to 22nd February at the Jacob K. Javits Center. The show opening will be preceded by the 2022 Toy of The Year Awards gala on 18th February at the Marriott Marquis. Health and safety protocols will be in place for these events including proof that all in-person attendees are vaccinated against Covid-19, and any additional directives from New York City will be observed.

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