While we have highlighted events we believe will be of interest to those who register as Spouse/Guest, as long as space permits, you are welcome in any session or meeting.
Wednesday, October 31 - Welcome Reception
The Associate Supplier Section Board of Governors hosts this grand reception. It allows them a great opportunity to meet with our Regular Members and fill their schedules for the week, prior to the joint activities with EMDA. There is no formal program, so feel free to stop in and leave for dinner as your plans require.
Thursday, November 1 - Joint Opening Breakfast Session
Humor for the Heart of Agriculture - Damian Mason
You will love Damian's funny, farm-themed material, but will also appreciate his advocacy for the industry. He will address three important points: pride, professionalism, and passing on our agricultural legacy.
Damian knows agriculture. He was raised on a dairy farm, has a degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, and he and his wife own a beef, grain, and hay farm. More importantly, Damian understands the “heart” of agriculture - the people who produce our bounty of food, fiber, and fuel.
Jacksonville's "Top to Bottom" Walking Tour
A professional tour guide will show you Jacksonville from rooftops to beneath the city streets. Once known as “Cowford”, the picturesque city along the river has grown to be the largest city in land area in the continental United States. Hear how Jacksonville rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1901 to emerge as an architectural gem of the South. The city was also the first Hollywood for movie making before the talkies. We walk from the St. Johns River to inside six buildings taking an insider's look at the historic structures and modern skyscrapers. This unique tour includes the rooftop of the old Florida Theatre to take a step back into the glory days of movie houses. We also enter the subterranean city that once connected the banks with secret underground tunnels and vaults. Hear the exploits of past Presidents, great American architects, and music legends as we walk through time. This can be a perfect orientation to the city on your first day as we point out many of the local restaurants, attractions, and ways to navigate the River City. The tour will be leaving at 10:00 am and last two hours. This is a walking tour so make sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. The cost for this tour is $15. You can sign up when you register or by calling the association office at 314.878.2304.
Friday, November 2 – Joint Breakfast Buffet and Spouse/Guest Event
Tour of Historic St. Augustine
Enjoy the morning at our Joint Breakfast Buffet before departing for the optional Spouse/Guest Event (with registration and small $49 fee).
We will tour all the major sites and stop at the Castillo de San Marcos, the fort that was never captured in battle.
St. Augustine was also the first winter resort for the rich and famous during the Gilded Age. Hear how Henry Flagler built the most opulent hotels of the day and turned the city into the “Newport of the South”.
The second stop will be the Venetian Renaissance gem of Flagler Memorial Church, where our guide will create an interactive tour atmosphere which promises to be fun for everyone.
Once this memorable tour is complete, our guides will lead the group to the historic district, and a delicious lunch.
Then you are on your own for shopping in St. Augustine's unique historic district. What a wonderful way to enjoy our nation's oldest city!
Saturday, November 3
Your day is free to explore all that Jacksonville offers. Most sessions will end before noon.