Sexapalooza 2012

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I have a habit of losing and forgetting things—and while infuriating—I figure I’ll never be short of something to be surprised about. So…I found an old memory card over the weekend, and with it some photos from the 2012 U.S. debut of Canada’s Sexapalooza, “a fun, upscale adult consumer show and shopping experience” that aims for inclusion, “regardless of your sexual practice or preference.” Can’t stand using this word, but, COOL. I got my paws on two free tickets at the beginning of this year. I must admit that my favorite pictures don’t fully capture the spirit of Sexapalooza Columbus…as my husband and I arrived on the last day (Sunday) and at the last hour of the event. So while I was content to be entertained by the contrasting unsexyness of Franklin County Vets Memorial as it emptied of visitors, every exhibitor I talked to was super-excited (heyyy-o) about the huge turnout over the weekend. And they were highly professional too. And spirited. Despite what you might gather from the photos above, the environment was clearly aimed at playful entertainment, educational how-to’s, a healthy outlook on sex, and open-minded conversation. I mean, expect straight-up-infomercial-style demonstrations of things you can strap to your mattress for fun. If you decide to go in 2013, expect to giggle a lot and also learn a thing or two.

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