2013 MFEA Spring Conferencenull
April 10 - 11, 2013


Wednesday April 10, 2013 at 2:30 PM CDT
Thursday April 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM CDT

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Holiday Inn, Alexandria 
5637 Minnesota 29
Alexandria, MN 56308

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Shelly Harris 
Minnesota Festivals & Events Association 

MFEA Conference presented by SMARTBOX

Wednesday, April 10

2:30 p.m. - Registration
3:00 p.m. - Webinars
6:00 p.m. - Carlos Creek Winery

Webinar 1: Maximum Creativity with Minimum Costs
Enhance and grow your events with minimal or no costs; maximize and create opportunities for events.

Webinar 2: Volunteer Management – Best Practices 101
Key elements of event volunteer programs: volunteer training, job descriptions, risk controls, volunteer management tech tools and evaluation.

A Bit A-Viticulture
A night of networking is capped off by a tour of Alexandria’s own award-winning wineryCarlos Creek Winery. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and networking atMinnesota's largest winery!

Thursday, April 11
8:00 am – Registration

9:00 am – Seminars
12:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  – Seminars

Tall Ships Duluth
Presented by: Craig Samborski
Duluth will be one of only a handful of Great Lakes ports that will host the prestigious Tall Ships Challenge and is the only destination on Lake Superior. Tall Ships Duluth 2013 promises to be the largest event in our region’s history featuring ship tours, day sails, educational programming, food and beverage, entertainment and fun for the entire family! Hear from the event producer about the ins-and-outs of how this giant event was coordinated through local and state agencies and the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Weather Spotting
Presented by:  Angela Mens Eastman
Information on SkyWarn, a weather-spotting program for your event’s emergency planning.   Create safe events and effectively mange your risk.

Reaching out Through Media—Social & Traditional
Presented by: Rick Freitag; Pioneer Public Television
Rick Freitag is an innovative professional with 34 years of management and marketing expertise in sales. He is known for developing creative and effective advertising, promotion strategies & implementation of business’ image in & outside of company walls.
 Who should get your message and how should they get it? Learn tips on press releases, media selection and social media trends.

Aitkin Fishhouse Parade Case History
How do you take a local event and give it international recognition?  Aitkin, MN has a population of 2,165 people; however on the Friday after Thanksgiving 10,000+ people flock to the Aitkin Fishhouse Parade.  Come to the session and find out how you can get great PR for your local events and increase attendance.

12 steps to Sponsorship Success
All of us are responsible for generating sponsorships for our events.  And, there’s a right way and a wrong way.  Come to this seminar where you will learn how to be successful at sponsorship selling.  How do you get started?  What do you say?  How do you get the sponsor to “yes”?  This short session will provide you with the right direction for sponsorship sales.

 Convention and Hotel Accommodations

Holiday Inn, Alexandria
5637 Minnesota 29
Alexandra, MN 56308
$69.99 plus tax
Please call the hotel directly 320-763-6577; ask for the front desk and tell them you are with the Minnesota Festivals and Events Association block. 

Cancellations: There is a 50% cancellation fee for registrations cancelled before March 31, 2013. Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE after this date.

Registration price reflects the $10 discount already.