West Coast Sportsfield Training Day - Message to Vendors
Dear 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.
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.
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.
Contact WCTA Executive Director Jerry Rousseau at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- 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.