I was at last year's show as well. I have the pictures to prove it. I did not see a single dead animal, nor smell anything that indicated a dead animal. I did see a lot of highly reputable breeders, and booths occupied by manufacturers and herp organizations. I am definitely going again this year.
I thought the show was very professionally done, and the venue was very convenient.
Actually, if everyone does stay away, maybe I can negotiate so good bargains.