SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

67th annual AFA Convention: Southern Soiree — A Floral Social


Thursday, September 5

12 – 5pm : Flowers and supplies arrive. Committee chairpersons arrive to process and setup

6pm : President’s Reception — Everyone welcome! — Hospitality Suite


Friday, September 6

8am : Arkansas Cup contestants meet and compete — Silver City Ballroom, East

8am : Mid America Cup contestants meet and compete — Silver City Ballroom, East

12pm – 4pm : Move-in for Exhibitors, Staff and Vendors — Silver City Ballroom, East

1pm – 4pm : Registration desk open

6:30pm : Seersucker Social — Silver City Ballroom, West
Come dressed for the Kentucky Derby! Show off that fascinator or bow tie to win first place!

7:30pm : Stage Presentation/Show — Silver City Ballroom, West
Sponsor: Park Hill
Featuring: Charlie Groppetti AIFD and Todd Smith
Description: coming soon!

9pm – 12am : Hospitality Suite open


Saturday, September 7

7:30am : AFA Board meeting — Everyone welcome!

7:30am – 9am : Hands-On Classes
Designing with Orchids
Sponsor: Amy’s Orchids
Featuring: Kebbie Hollingsworth AIFD, CFD
Description: Learn how to design using amazing orchids from Amy’s Orchids! Care and handling tips as well.

Designing Body Flowers
Sponsor: Fitz
Featuring: Alan Masters AIFD
Description: Master of body flowers, Alan will show you how to create unique body flower jewelry.

9am – 4pm : Registration desk and Reserve Banquet seating open

9:00am – 10:00am : Social Media Ninja — 20 Social Media Skills You Need to Grow Your Customers and Business
Sponsor: BloomNet
Featuring: Renato Sogueco
Description: coming soon!

10:30am – 11:30am : Meet the Mid-America contestants!

1pm – 2:00pm : Vendor Showcase — Silver City Ballroom, West
Featuring: Chris Norwood AIFD and Melinda Mayo, KATV
Chris Norwood will present various goods and services from our vendors in the trade market. Want to see a vendor’s container arranged with flowers? Interested in learning about a specific vendor brand? This is your show!

2:30pm – 3:30pm : Stage Presentation/Show
Sponsor: Design Master
Featuring: Jodi Duncan AIFD
Description: coming soon!

5:30pm : Board members and Chairmen photographs — Silver City Ballroom, West

6pm – 6:30pm : Southern Soiree — A Floral Social
President’s Reception and Cash Bar — Silver City Ballroom, West

7pm : President’s Banquet, Awards and Recognition — Silver City Ballroom, West

9pm – 12am : Dancing to follow dinner — Silver City Ballroom, West

5:30pm – 12am : Hospitality Suite open


Sunday, September 8

9am – 12pm : Registration desk open

7:30am – 9am : Hands-On Classes
Designing with Orchids
Sponsor: Amy’s Orchids
Featuring: Kebbie Hollingsworth AIFD, CFD
Description: Learn how to design using amazing orchids from Amy’s Orchids! Care and handling tips as well.

Designing Body Flowers
Sponsor: Fitz
Featuring: Alan Masters AIFD
Description: Master of body flowers, Alan will show you how to create unique body flower jewelry.

9am – 10:00am : Stage Presentation/Show — Silver City Ballroom, West
Sponsor: Smithers Oasis
Featuring: Kevin Ylvisaker AIFD, PFCI

10:30am – 11:30am : Sympathy Tributes — Silver City Ballroom, West
Sponsor: Teleflora
Featuring: David Powers AIFD
Description: coming soon!

12pm – 1pm : Past Presidents luncheon

1:30pm – 2:30pm : “Life of the Party” — Silver City Ballroom, West
Sponsor: FTD
Featuring: Ian Prosser
Description: Exquisite floral collections for the next social gathering

3pm – 4pm : Stage Presentation/Show — Silver City Ballroom, West
Sponsor: AIFD South Central
Featuring: Ken Senter AIFD
Description: coming soon!

4:30pm – 5:30pm : Iron Designer Competition — Silver City Ballroom, West

4pm – 5pm : Wreath competition winner announced — Silver City Ballroom, West

4pm – 5pm : Silent Auction — Silver City Ballroom, West

4pm – 8pm : Move-out for Exhibitors, Staff and Vendors — Silver City Ballroom, East