Thursday, May 25, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions about PalletPalooza™

We are going to answer several frequently asked questions we get about PalletPalooza. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions that you have too! Send us a question here in the comments section, by email or by phone 269.382.0490 ext. 275.
What is PalletPalooza™?
PalletPalooza™ is a Kalamazoo area recycled pallet creation competition and festival.
Recycled pallets are being transformed into amazing projects from wall art to furniture. PalletPalooza™ is celebrating the recycled pallet trend with a competition and a one day festival.

Who can enter PalletPalooza™?

Individuals, Teams, Church Groups, Businesses, Non-profit Organizations….Anyone person or any group can enter the recycled pallet creation completion.

When is the entry period for PalletPalooza™?
The entry period is May 22nd through June 30th, 2017. You must have your project completed and photo’s submitted by the June 30th deadline.

How do I enter the competition?

It’s easy! Register online at from May 22nd through June 30th, 2017. There is a registration fee of just $20 and includes a PalletPalooza™ T-shirt!

What is the Prize?

There is $2000 in cash prize money split between 4 categories: Furniture, Functional, Art & Décor and Signs. Plus the overall winner chosen by our panel of judges. See the rules section for the complete breakdown of prizes.

Can I enter more than one project?

Absolutely! Each project requires a $20.00 registration fee. After registering your first item online, contact us directly at and we will register the other projects for you.

Where do I get pallets?

We have many locations that are offering FREE pallets for the event. Please visit our Pallet Provider tab on our event website

Do I need to pay for Pallets?

No, we have lots of generous business that are offering free pallets. Please visit our Pallet Provider tab on our event website

When does my project need to be completed?

June 30, 2017 is the deadline to complete and submit photos of your project. Your creations will be matched with a participating venue to be on display to be view by the general public from July 24th through Aug. 9th.

How do I submit my photos of my creation?

Right through your registration portal on the website.

My project is not mobile. Can I still enter the competition?

Yes, we will have a digital venue for all the creations that cannot be moved. They will be on display for the general public to view by photos on a slide show.

I understand my creation will be on display. Do I get to pick my venue?

No. Each venue has space restrictions so we will match creations with venue locations based on these factors.

We have a team project. Can we get extra t-shirts?

Yes, please contact us at to order additional event t-shirts.

What is the purpose of PalletPalooza™?

PalletPalooza™ is a benefit for Goodwill Industries of SW MI. All proceeds from the competition and festival will be donated to Goodwill Industries of SW MI.

When will the winners be announced?

At the PalletPalooza™ Day Grand Finale! PalletPalooza™ Day is a festival and awards celebration on August 12, 2017 on the campus of Western Michigan University Recreation Center. The Festival is from 2 PM to 6 PM. The winners will be announced on center stage at 5:30 PM. You must be present to win. Learn more about PalletPalooza™ day tab on our event site

What is Inspire Online Category?

Though you must be present to compete and win the cash prizes for the Main competition, this year we have a separate online only competion for those individuals and teams that are 75 miles or more away from Kalamazoo. They may enter the online only completion to compete by public vote for a $150 prize as our Inspire Online winner. There is a $10.00 fee to enter (this does not include an event t-shirt).

Introducing PalletPalooza Judge William Crown - Wood Working Expert

Say Hello to William Crown, President of the Woodworkers Guild of Southwest Michigan.
William Crown

We are honored to have William lend us his woodworking expertise as a judge for PalletPalooza™ 2017. Bill has been a member of the Woodworkers Guild for over 20 years now, and has been serving as its President for the past 7. He is a passionate woodworker hobbyist and has been making furniture for over 35 years.

The Woodworkers Guild of Southwest Michigan is located in the Kalamazoo area and meets every second Tuesday of the month except for the summer months. You are welcome to attend a meeting and you are encouraged to join. A few of the recent programs the Guild has enjoyed at their meetings include:

· Visit to David Lewis Figures of Wood saw mill, road trip

· Joe Beam custom furniture

· Woodcraft presentation, spray finishing

· Aaron Stinson - Chainsaw carver - builder

· Tom Niehl - Wood Identification

· Kendall School of Design - Furniture Design - road trip

· Blacksmithing and barrel making - Chuck Andrews - road trip

Guild members also donate hundreds of handcrafted wooden toys each year to the Portage Community Center and the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. If you are interested in woodworking, you are encouraged to come and meet with other fellow woodworkers from the Kalamazoo area who enjoy sharing their love of the craft, and learn more from the programs and from one another.
Woodworkers Guild of Southwest Michigan
The Woodworkers Guild is located in the Kalamazoo area and meets every second Tuesday of the month except for the summer months. Check their website for the directions and location of the next meeting Everyone is welcome! Current dues are $25 per year.
Thank you to all of our judges for PalletPalooza™ 2017! Are you a woodworker or woodworker at heart? Then try a recycled pallet creation! And then enter it into PalletPalooza™. Enter Period has begun - enter now through June 30, 2017.

It's fun, it's for a good cause, and you could win some money!

If you need inspiration check out our Pinterest Pages

Monday, May 22, 2017

PalletPalooza Entry Period Started Today

Today is the big day for us! Entry period has started and we are so excited to see the the creations for PalletPalooza™ 2017! 
Of course we had to start out with cake again....

 PalletPalooza is a fundraiser for Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan. We are very grateful to our Sponsors for the contribution and support.

Enter PalletPalooza Today at

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Say Hello to our Second PalletPalooza™ Judge - Lori Moore

We are thrilled to introduce our Second PalletPalooza™ Judge - Lori Moore, host of "The Lori Moore Show".
The Lori Moore Show
You can watch Lori as she interviews local guest highlighting the best things about West Michigan on CW7 every weekday at 4:00 pm. When you watch her show, you will get to know this amazing community that we live in. Lori books her own shows and her contact list is vast because she is out there emceeing events, hosting something, guest speaking and attending and enjoying so many events throughout the area.

Lori is one of those special people who is in the community and for the community.

And now Lori has kindly added one more thing to her activities - Judging PalletPalooza™ - and we are very grateful!
P.S.Lori has booked the PalletPalooza Team for her show this Friday! Be sure to watch.! 😊
"The Lori Moore Show" 
Lori on Facebook!
Ready to sign up for PalletPalooza?
The entry period is May 22 through June 30, 2017
Click on over to

Monday, May 15, 2017

Introducing our first PalletPalooza Judge - Kitty Copeland

PalletPalooza™ Entry period is coming up - May 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM is when it all starts and you can begin the entry process on

We are excited to announce our PalletPalooza™ 2017 Judges!
First  up, we would like to introduce you to Kitty Copeland, Interior decorator and owner of KalamazooKitty.
Kitty with her husband Phil
Kitty's stores, KalamazooKitty on Portage Road and West Main in Kalamazoo are unique consignment stores containing thousands of pieces of quality furniture, accessories and more. 

Kitty appreciates vintage and upcycling and recycling - we know she is going to be an awesome PalletPalooza Judge. 💚
KalamazooKitty Facebook Photo

KalamazooKitty Facebook Photo

KalamazooKitty Facebook Photo
Kitty opened her first store at 4217 Portage Street, Kalamazoo, MI in 2011 and a second store at 6883 West Main, Kalamazoo, MI in 2014. You cannot shop for “just a quick look” at KalamazooKitty! Each of Kitty’s store locations are filled with eclectic treasures and you will find yourself lingering at each booth.

From an early age, Kitty was exposed to the furniture and decorating business since her father and mother owned a furniture store in Northville, MI. Take a moment to read Kitty’s memories about the family business as it evolved. 
Visit KalamazooKitty and "take a walk through Pinterest". check out the upcoming special events coming up this summer, and maybe even sign up for one of her Home Staging classes.

We would like to give a big THANK YOU to Kitty for participating in PalletPalooza™!

Follow KalamazooKitty on social media...
Facebook   Twitter  Pinterest  Instagram
Ready to sign up for PalletPalooza?
The entry period is May 22 through June 30, 2017
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

PalletPalooza is Almost Here & Craft Beer!?!

PalletPalooza Entry Period is right around the corner! Our kick - off is Monday, May 22, 2017.
You will have from May 22 - June 30th to have your pallet creation completed and submitted. Watch for more details! 
Now about the Craft Beer.....
We are going to create history at the Kalamazoo On Tap Craft Beer Festival on May 20th. How?
We are creating the Longest Pallet Beer Flight!
Longest Pallet Beer Flight Info
The 3rd Annual Kalamazoo on Tap is coming to Homer Stryker Field, home of the Kalamazoo Growlers on Saturday, May 20th from 3pm-6pm. PalletPalooza™ will be there creating the longest beer flight made out of recycled pallets customized by area breweries. After measurements are taken, you can bid to win your favorite customized section!

Come and watch and cheer us on!
You can buy tickets at