Maple Producer's Winter Conference Scheduled

10/8/2012

Another exciting maple conference is just around the corner. Display your maple equipment and supplies or advertise your maple enterprise at the 18th Annual Maple Producer's Winter Conference. The conference is scheduled for January 4-5, 2013, at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, Verona, N.Y. More than 900 people attended last year.

This year, exhibitors will set up in all three locations of the Red Gym (original space), White Gym, and Sheveron, with table space to sit down in all three locations. Serving lines for lunch will be in the high school cafeteria. Exhibitors will be served in an exhibitors-only line in the hallway outside the gyms (opposite from Sheveron).

More than 350 people attended again last year at the Friday Night Trade Show. Exhibitors enjoyed the opportunity to have more time to display maple equipment and supplies. Friday's setup is from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., with the Maple Trade Show open from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The Friday Night Maple Auction continues, and will start after the Friday night speaker. Bring your used or even new maple equipment and place it in Friday night's auction. To register maple items for the auction, write out a description of the equipment and return to us by December 15. Information on auction items will be made available via email request after December 28. Auction service fee will be 10 percent of auction price paid by seller. Please consider selling a piece of equipment in this year's auction. 

Full of workshop descriptions, presenter information and exhibitor contacts, the maple program booklet is an ideal place to advertise your business. The advertisement section to this booklet provides conference participants valuable information about your company and products. With a guaranteed print count of at least 1,000 copies, virtually all of your advertising ends up in the hands of people interested in maple. Reasonably priced, please consider advertising your maple equipment and supplies in the program booklet.

Continental breakfast and a buffet lunch will be available at a cost of $15 per person at Saturday's conference. For exhibitors who arrive Friday evening, moderate buffet will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. for $8 per person. Please register for meals with your exhibitor registration form. For individuals requiring lodging, reservations for overnight accommodations may be made at Hotel at Vernon Downs, Route 31, Vernon (315-829-3400). When registering at the hotel, please mention the maple conference to receive a special conference rate.

Registration for exhibitors is due by November 15. For more information, contact
Keith Schiebel, FFA Advisor, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School, State Route 31, Verona, NY 13478; 315-829-2520, ext. 7462; or kschiebel@vvsschools.org.