Iowa Marble Club
Des Moines Marble Show

Overview

The Des Moines Marble Show is held annually the first Saturday in June. Due to rising popularity and subsequent growth, the show has become a six day event beginning with in-room trading on Monday and concluding with the marble show on Saturday. Both events are free to attend, open to the public and all ages are welcome.


In-Room Trading (Monday - Friday)

In-room buying, selling and trading is always a highlight of the Des Moines Marble Show. It often starts as early as the Monday before Saturday's marble show and continues throughout the week often times into the late hours of the evening. If you are unfamiliar with in-room trading, it is best explained as swap meet style buying, trading and selling where marble collectors and dealers set up in their hotel rooms, open their doors and welcome fellow marble collectors and enthusiasts in for discussion and great deals on marbles!


Marble Show (Saturday)

The Des Moines Marble Show wraps up an already exciting week with an antique, vintage and contemporary toy marble show that begins Saturday morning at 9:00AM. The show is open to the public and admission is FREE! Marble collectors and dealers move from their rooms to the 7500+ square foot ballroom just down the hall to set up their collections and displays showcasing some of the nicest marble collections in the Country. Many collectors find their best last minute deals on marbles and marble related items during Saturday's show.

Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor Tables

Exhibitor tables for Saturday's marble show are $40.00/table. Each table is 8 feet long and will be supplied with a black table cloth, waste paper can and electricity. If you would like to make a table reservation, please contact any Iowa Marble Club Officer.

Hotel Accommodations

Lodging

The Des Moines Marble Show is held at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines, Iowa. The hotel is located directly across the street from the Des Moines International Airport and offers a free airport shuttle service for those who might be flying to the show. The address of the Airport Holiday Inn is: 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321. The phone number to the hotel is: 515-287-2400.


Discounted Room Rate

There is a discounted room rate of $96.00/night available to those attending the Des Moines Marble Show (does not include taxes or fees). When calling the hotel to make your reservation, be sure to ask for Janice Brooner who handles the reservations for our group. Janice works Monday - Friday from 8 - 5, so we recommend calling during those hours. Don't forget to mention that you are with the show to receive the discounted room rate. The discounted room rate generally expires two to three weeks before to the show thus it is important to make your reservation as early as possible. The discounted room rate is not available for reservations made online. The hotel does require 24 hours of advanced notice should you need to cancel your reservtion for any reason. If you need to cancel your room, please call and do so by 4:00PM the day prior to your stay otherwise you will likely be charged. To make, change or cancel your room reservation, please call the hotel directly at (515) 287-2400.


Please note: Reservations should be made early as the room block has a history of selling out several weeks in advance.


Room Assignments

Room assignments are made on a first come first serve basis beginning with the first floor and subsequently moving up to the second and third floors as each lower floor reaches capacity. Please understand that there are a limited number of room configurations on each floor so your room configuration request (i.e. two double beds) may play a factor as to which floor or hallway you are assigned. When making your room reservation, you will be asked if you are a "buyer" or a "seller". The hotel has been given instruction to give priority to sellers for all 1st floor rooms in attempt to keep in-room buying, trading and selling as concentrated to as few floors as possible.


Room Priority

If you would like to keep the same room you had this year for next year's show, be sure to sign up (in person) at the front desk and ask to make your reservation for next year and to be kept in the same room. Same room priority can only be given to those who made reservations during the previous year's show. Be sure to keep track of the confirmation number that you receive from the front desk as that will be the primary record of your advance reservation. If you forget to fill out an advanced reservation slip, unfortunately there can be no guarantee that you will keep your same room or even be placed on the same floor.


Pet Policy

The Holiday Inn Airport does allow pets with advanced notice and coordination. If you intend to bring a pet with you to the hotel, please be sure to mention this when making your room reservation and accommodations will be made.


Restaurants and Dining

The Airport Holiday Inn conveniently offers an on-site full-service express restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6:00AM to 10:00PM. The Grill Restaurant provides sandwiches, salads, steaks, pasta and seafood entrees in a trendy yet comfortable setting. The South Side of Des Moines, known for its rich Italian heritage and food also offers some of the finest dining options in the metro area. Aside from most of the common fast food chains, there are a number of fantastic family style restaurants within just a few mile radius of the hotel. Click here to print out a dining guide for easy reference.

Driving Directions

From the North

1. Take I-35 South

2. Take exit 137B (I-235 West) towards Des Moines (6.6 mi)

3. Take exit 7 (Keo Way / 19th Street) towards Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy (0.4 mi)

4. Turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy (1.1 mi)

5. Continue on Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy (which becomes Fleur Drive) (3.6 mi)

6. The Holiday Inn will be on your left and is directly across from the DSM airport

7. If you reach Army Post Road, you've gone too far


From the South

1. Take I-35 North

2. Take exit 68 (IA-5 South) towards West Des Moines / Norwalk (6.7 mi)

3. Take exit 97 toward County Hwy-R57 / Fleur Drive / Des Moines Int'l Airport (0.5 mi)

4. Turn left onto 85th Ave (85th Ave becomes Fleur Drive) (1.6 mi)

5. The Holiday Inn will be on your right and is directly across from the DSM airport

6. If you reach Payton Ave you've gone too far


From the East

1. Take I-80 West

2. Take exit 137A (I-235 West) towards Des Moines (6.5 mi)

3. Take exit 7 (Keo Way / 19th Street) towards Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy (0.4 mi)

4. Turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy (1.1 mi)

5. Continue on Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy (which becomes Fleur Drive) (3.6 mi)

6. The Holiday Inn will be on your left and is directly across from the DSM airport

7. If you reach Army Post Road, you've gone too far


From the West

1. Take I-80 East

2. Merge onto I-35 South toward Kansas City (4.5 mi)

3. Merge onto IA-5 South via exit 68 toward West Des Moines/Norwalk (7.1 mi)

4. Take exit 97 toward County Hwy-R57 / Fleur Drive / Des Moines Int'l Airport (0.5 mi)

5. Turn left onto 85th Ave (85th Ave becomes Fleur Drive) (1.6 mi)

6. The Holiday Inn will be on your right and is directly across from the DSM airport

7. If you reach Payton Ave you've gone too far


Des Moines Map


Des Moines Map