For years there has been much discussion about having a regional turf conference. Many remember the days of the Southern Turfgrass Conference and long to have an event where you can reminisce with old industry friends. Industry suppliers have begged for the return of a regional show, turfgrass managers have asked for it and several turf-related organizations have discussed it. In October of 2015 this became a reality, the inaugural Deep South Turf Expo was held in Biloxi, MS at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center. This is a joint-effort from the following organizations, however every turf manager from near and far are welcome and encouraged to attend; Alabama Turfgrass Association, Alabama Golf Course Superintendents Association, Gulf Coast Golf Course Superintendents Association, Louisiana-Mississippi Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Mississippi Turfgrass Association.
The industry supported this great event as did the turf managers from all over the southeast. We had over 700 in attendance both years and had great reviews. We are planning another great event for 2017 at the same location. We did tweak the schedule to accommodate our exhibitors better but the majority of the event will stay the same. We need everyone’s support of this endeavor to make it a success and for 2017. Make your plans to attend and register today!
The Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center (MCCC) has plenty of room for all our needs to host this event. We have secured over 44,000 square feet of exhibit space to accommodate upwards of 150+ booths. They have a 40’ x 37’ loading door that can fit everything from greens mowers to sod harvesters. Exhibitors are encouraged to bring your equipment and/or literature…this facility can handle it all under one roof! We are encouraging exhibitors from all aspects of the turf industry to participate and show off their goods and services to the turf managers of the south.
For our members, we will offer top-notch educational offerings with breakout sessions designed for sod producers, lawn care operators, sports turf managers, landscapers and golf course superintendents. Our educational committee will survey the memberships to get their suggestions and ideas for the most beneficial sessions. And of course, we will offer CEUs from all major organizations and pesticide re-certification points from all southern states. Business meetings for all organizations hosting the event will also take place during the Deep South Turfgrass Show; don’t miss these important meetings of your association(s).
As for the fun part, we will offer a golf tournament at the Preserve Golf Course, a Skeet and Trap Tournament at Coast Rifle and Pistol Club, a sports tour of the sports fields on the gulf coast and for all the spouses that attend we will offer a boating excursion on the Biloxi Schooner. Our host hotel will be the Beau Rivage, which is a 32-story beachfront resort featuring luxurious rooms, outstanding service, and world-class amenities including a casino and many restaurants, all for only $99 per night under our room block. To reserve a room, click this link.
Take advantage of this offering to experience first-class accommodations, earn your educational CEUs and visit with industry suppliers at the Deep South Turf Expo. Plan on coming and joining this great movement to have a superior tradeshow and educational conference in the Deep South!
An educational experience for turfgrass managers with an emphasis on southern grasses.
November 7-9, 2017 - Mississippi Coast Convention Center, Biloxi, MS