Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

October 07 2014

October Around the Region

Cheri Jones, CMP, Meeting Manager, Vista Productions, Inc.

If you have events happening in your city, please email them to Cheri Jones, CMP at cjones@vistaprod.com.  We would love to highlight exciting things happening in your town.  The information below is gathered from members, CVB websites and Meeting Focus.

Arkansas – The Natural State

Bentonville – on September 7 – 9, 2014 Bentonville hosted the 5th Chef’s Bootcamp for Policy and Change.  Sixteen chef’s from 13 states attended this intensive series of workshops to build on their knowledge of effective advocates for food-system issues. “Since its inception at the first Boot Camp, the mission of the Chef Action Network, as well as the James Beard Foundation, has been to harness the passion chefs have to create positive change in the food system, not only for our generation but for generations to come,” said Katherine Miller, Executive Director of Chef Action Network.

Little Rock - Theatre, symphony, ballet and concerts will soon be state-of-the-art in Little Rock’s new performance venue.  The 75-year old Robinson Center went dark July 1 for a 27-month, $68 million renovation—to be reopened in September, 2016.  New space in the Robinson Center, physically connected to the 287-room Doubletree Hotel, will include a 7,000 sq. ft. ballroom and multiple break-outs featuring floor to ceiling glass walls and overlooking the scenic Arkansas River.  Booking space now…

Iowa – The Hawkeye State

Waterloo, IA -- The newest addition to John Deere attractions, the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, is scheduled to open this Fall. It will highlight the history and contribution of John Deere Waterloo Works in progressing equipment technology and the Cedar Valley through its 94-year history in Waterloo.

Sioux City has enjoyed an extraordinary transformation in the last year, we open the brand new $128.5 million Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in downtown Sioux City. We hop and ride aboard the Downtown Trolley with a route that stops at shopping, restaurants, museums and entertainment on our History 4th St. We are celebrating Jolly Pop Corn Co 100 anniversary!

Missouri – The Show Me State

St. Louis -  The traditions of the holiday season will once again ring throughout the St. Louis region as special events, performances, holiday lights and seasonal cheer will be on display.  The celebrations begin at historic Union Station for the Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights on Nov. 22, highlighted by the annual lighting of the Salvation Army’s Tree of Lights.  Ameren Missouri’s Thanksgiving Day Parade returns to the streets of downtown St. Louis, with more than 130 parade units, including musical floats, giant helium balloon figures, marching bands and a very special appearance by Santa Claus.  Events continue throughout the holiday season, concluding with First Night® (Dec. 31) in Grand Center, the arts and entertainment district of St. Louis.  To learn more about these and the other opportunities to experience the holidays in St. Louis, visit www.explorestlouis.com

Nebraska – The Cornhusker State

If you are a volleyball enthusiast, you won’t want to miss the 2015 International Volleyball Federation Women’s Volleyball Grand Prix held July 22 – 26 at the Century Link Center in Omaha, NE. 

Oklahoma – The Sooner State

Experience Oklahoma City in October with plenty to do and see such as the Oklahoma Regatta Festival at the Oklahoma Boathouse District, Fright Fest at Frontier City every weekend, one of the largest craft shows in the Southwest, An Affair of the Heart, at the State Fair Grounds  and several shows packing the Chesapeake Arena.  November and December proves to be just as busy with several horse shows at State Fair Park, special performances at the Civic Center Music Hall, Downtown in December events filling the calendar and so much more!  For a full list of what’s happening in OKC go to www.visitokc.com!