Making Legendairy Leaps
In June 2019, the Wisconsin Holstein Association will once again host the National Holstein Convention. The wheels for this journey were set in motion back in 2008 after Wisconsin hosted a very successful National Convention in the Wisconsin Dells.
This time around, Appleton, Wis., and the Red Lion-Paper Valley Hotel and the newly constructed Fox Cities Exhibition Center will serve as our convention headquarters. The Red Lion happens to be the same hotel that hosts all the opponents for the Green Bay Packers.
That being the case, the convention site gives us incredible proximity to the entire Fox River Valley and Green Bay. More importantly, there are over one-half million dairy cows within a 60-mile radius of our convention headquarters... making this area one of the world’s most densely populated areas of Registered Holsteins. With these natural attributes, the logical convention theme became — Making Legendairy Leaps.
With this foundation, the 2019 National Holstein Convention will be a cow convention and a family convention. Room rates at the Red Lion-Paper Valley Hotel will be $114, plus tax, making this the most economical convention in well over a decade. Pre-Convention Farm Tours and Host Day Farm Tours will feature some of our state’s most preeminent Registered Holsteins housed in the widest array of facilities found anywhere in the world.
Our Family Night will be in the Green Bay area with a football-style tailgate adjacent to Lambeau Field. That evening will also include Lambeau Field Tours for those who sign up.
Wednesday and Thursday will feature activities not seen before at an annual meeting. For adults, the annual meeting will take place Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon. Nestled in between the annual meeting will be the National Genetics Conference featuring some of the best genetic speakers from throughout the U.S. and around the world. The Wednesday night National Sale will follow the cow and football theme with a presale tailgate and cheese extravaganza, a first-half genomic sale, halftime meal, and second half live cattle sale. A Thursday lunch in between the genetics conference and annual meeting will feature a Dairy Girl event that will not only cater to women, but men as well. Wednesday and Thursday will be woven together with a top-notch Dairy Bar and Trade Show held at the Fox Cities Convention Center.
The dynamic junior convention will showcase all the traditional events that bring energy to the national gathering. Plus, we will build on Michigan’s inaugural Cows 2 Careers event and there will be an inaugural National Junior Genetics Conference.
The convention will conclude with an evening Gala Banquet... and then Friday will have the 25th Anniversary Young Dairy Leaders Institute’s (YDLI) leadership conference open to both alumni and those who want to pursue leadership development.
We have a dynamic team of volunteers who are bringing this convention to life - over 100 at the moment. On behalf of my co-chair and wife, Krista Knigge, I thank each of them for their servant leadership and we look forward to sharing more highlights about this upcoming convention in future columns.
2019 National Convention co-chair