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Columbus: OFA Short Course – Organization of Horticulture Professionals

OFA is the Organization of Horticulture Professionals, and this was the home of the OFA Short Course, recently renamed Cultivate 14.  OFA is  the leading horticulture educational association in the United States. It is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization with a mission “to support and advance professional horticulture.” Industry segments served included garden centers, greenhouses, nurseries, landscapers, florists, interior plantscapers, emerging professionals, and allied trade.  Formerly known as OFA Short Course, Cultivate’14 continued to offer premier educational and networking experiences, and more than 7 acres of trade show exhibits including technology, new products and services, and new plant varieties. This year also saw an expansion of products and services for retailers, nursery production, and landscaping. Thousands of attendees from more than 20 countries were in attendance… ‘cultivating’ new acquaintances, as it were…  #Cultivate

Columbus: Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA)

Nov. 11-14, 2012. The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) has been “serving Ohio public schools since 1955”, we heard.  Informational seminars examined creative solutions and proactive approaches to a broad spectrum of public educational challenges.  Show highlights included the Student Achievement Fair, with 100 booths displaying innovative student programs, as well as top student entertainment groups from each of OSBA’s five regions; and the Trade Show itself, offering more than 700 exhibits of the latest in education-related goods and services; and numerous opportunities to share ideas with school leaders from across Ohio.  Oh, you say the show’s over now?  Ok, all together:  “Hello world, goodbye Columbus…”

Columbus: ATA 2012

Jan. 10-12, 2012. You’re surprised that archery has its own trade show?  You’ll be even more surprised by what’s on the minds of the bow-and-arrow enthusiasts visiting ATA.  A typical new year resolution was “getting in the woods more and killing a bigger buck or bull than last year”. Other topics included “how to shoot a kudu”, “in search of mule deer”, and “public land elk”.  These bowhunters are a sight to see.  The ATA Trade Show is the archery and bowhunting industry’s largest show. It’s also the industry’s most inclusive show,  BUT the ATA Trade Show is a member-driven event to promote commerce within the archery and bowhunting industry, and the show is closed to the public.  So don’t even think about dressing up as William Tell and trying to sneak in or anything…