SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

65th annual AFA Convention: Wild, Wilde Masquerade!


Thursday August 17

6:00pmPresident’s Reception for Committees and Guests in the President’s Suite, Embassy Suites


Friday August 18

9:00am – 12:00pmArkansas Cup competition – Hall C

9:00am – 12:00pmMid-America Cup competition – Hall C

1:00pm – 4:00pm — Registration Desk opens – Lobby to Hall A

6:00pm – 8:00pm — Friday Night Dinner – Come in Costume! – Hall B

6:30pm – 8:00pm“The Royal Banquet” — presented by Kevin Ylvisaker AIFD, CAFA, sponsored by Teleflora – Hall B

8:00pm – 10:00pmMoonlight Madness — Trade Market – Hall A


Saturday August 19

8:00am — Vendor Appreciation Breakfast – Trade Market Food Court – Hall A

9:00am — Registration Desk and Reserve Banquet Seating opens – Lobby to Hall A

9:00am — Ribbon Cutting – Trade Market entrance

9:00am — Trade Market opens

9:00am – 10:00amBreakfast Bash! — A floral party (breakfast provided) for all new convention attendees! – Hall B

10:00am – 11:30am“Build Online Business with a Digital Marketing Plan” — presented by Renato Cruz Sogueco, Business Instructor at Floriology Institute, sponsored by BloomNet – Hall B

11:30am – 12:30am — AFA Board Meeting – All AFA members welcome! – Convention Center Room 201-202

1:00pm – 2:00pm“Let Them Eat Cake!” — A decadent floral fashion show featuring wedding and party designs by the 2016 + 2017 Arkansas Master Florist students – Hall B

2:00pm – 4:00pmMask-straveganza! Corsage Bar — [Hands On Class] — Get your body flowers here and join us to make an extra special themed piece (mask or fan) for the banquet.

4:00pm — Registration Desk closes

4:00pm — Saturday’s Silent Auction closes

4:00pm — Trade Market closes

5:30pm — 2018 Officers and Board Members photographs – Horner Hall

6:00pmPresident’s Reception — Cash Bar — Horner Hall lobby

7:00pmPresident’s Banquet and Award Ceremony — “Wild, Wilde Masquerade” — Horner Hall


Sunday August 20

9:00am — Trade Market opens

9:00am – 10:30am“Everyday… Impacts… Everything!” — presented by Jackie Lacey AIFD, CFD, PFCI, sponsored by BloomNet – Hall B

11:00 – 12:30pm“Memorial Flowers with Lasting Memories” — presented by Deborah De La Flor AIFD, PFCI, sponsored by FTD – Hall B

12:00pm — Past President’s Luncheon – Convention Center Room 209

1:00pm – 4:00pm[Hands On Classes]Check out all of our hands-on classes here! – Hall B

4:00pm — Sunday’s Silent auction closes

4:00pm — Trade Market closes

4:00pm — Convention closes! See you in 2018!

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More coming soon!!! Updated upon confirmation