West Coast Sportsfield Training Day - Message to Vendors

13.05.29-training.day1Dear Turf Industry Vendors,    

By now, you may have heard the Western Canada Turfgrass Association (WCTA), along with the Sports Turf Association of Canada (STA), is sponsoring and producing the very first ‘West Coast Sportsfield Training Day’ to be held August 29th in the Township of Langley, BC.  

Link to article  

For vendor registration form CLICK HERE

For a downloadable layout of the event CLICK HERE

The event is modeled after the STA’s successful annual Sports Turf Field Day typically held in Toronto.  The West Coast version, hosted by Tab Buckner, TOL’s Manager of Parks Operations and current WCTA Past President, will similarly provide morning educational opportunities, lunch, afternoon vendor show and live on-field demonstration stations catering to approximately 100 sportsfield and parks personnel ranging from equipment operators to department managers and everyone in between.  This event is designed to be educational but fun and interactive while creating opportunities throughout the day for networking. 

13.05.29-training.day2Langley Events Centre Arena

 Here’s the schedule:  

8:30 - 9:30AM  REGISTRATION AND WELCOME AT LANGLEY EVENTS CENTRE 4TH FLOOR - COFFEE, DONUTS AND NETWORKING

9:30 - 10:30AM 
EDUCATION SESSION 1 - MANAGING TOP 6" OF SOIL - DR. ERIC LYONS, GUELPH UNIVERSITY   
EDUCATION SESSION 2 - A REALISTIC REVIEW OF MAINTENANCE PRACTICES FOR SYNTHETIC TURF FIELDS - MARK LUCAS, SPORTSTURF MANAGER U-CAL/DAVIS (retired)   
EDUCATION SESSION 3 - MECHANICS SESSION (WILLOUGHBY FIELDHOUSE)

10:45 - 11:45AM 
EDUCATION SESSION 4 - MANAGING ATHLETIC FIELDS WITHOUT TRADITIONAL PESTICIDES - DR. ERIC LYONS   
EDUCATION SESSION 5 - SYNTHETIC TURF MGMT PANEL DISCUSSION - CATHERINE EISWERTH, MIKE GENTILE, HUGH NORRIS, BEN HOUTA AND MARK LUCAS   
EDUCATION SESSION 6 - MECHANICS SESSION CONTINUED

NOON TO 1:00PM  VENDOR SHOW & LUNCH AT WILLOUGHBY FIELDHOUSE  SPONSORED BY CORIX WATER PRODUCTS

1:00PM - 3:30PM  ON-FIELD DEMONSTRATION STATIONS & TALKS x 5

  • Irrigation auditing - IIABC
  • Turfgrass seed selection & Turface soil amendment – Premier Pacific Seeds
  • Sand banding – FarmTek Services
  • Synthetic turf grooming, mtce, cleaning & upkeep (AR Mower & Astroturf)
  • G-Max testing – DMA Sports Group

3:30PM - 4:30PM  FREE TIME TO NETWORK, CHECK OUT VENDORS, TEST EQUIPMENT 

VENDOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Booth cost is $250.  Space is limited (24 booths) and will be booked first come first serve beginning at noon Pacific Time, Thursday, July 11th.   Booths will be approximately 10’x10’ and include a 6’ table, 2 chairs and 2 lunch tickets.  The vendor show takes place on-field and you are encouraged to bring your own tents/outdoor appropriate displays and signage.   

To download a vendor registration form CLICK HERE
To download a site map CLICK HERE

Contact WCTA Executive Director Jerry Rousseau at exec.director@wctaturf.com if you have any questions.

Suppliers signed up so far:

  • WCTA Mentoring & Research
  • Corix Water Products
  • Premier Pacific Seeds
  • A.R. Mower & Supply
  • FarmTek Service / TDS West
  • Irrigation Industry Association of B.C.
  • DMA Sports Group
  • Nilex
  • Yardworks Supply
  • Toro Irrigation / Irritrol
  • THP Co.
  • Avenue Machinery

Further details will be announced closer to the event, ie. setup time and booth assignments.  Upon registration, an invoice will be emailed to you – we will require payment before the event.

13.05.29-training.day3The Willoughby Sportsfield Complex - the vendor show and live demos will take place on the fields in the upper left corner of the above image