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Pre-tour, setup and we are ready

June 1, 2016
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We started the day off early and never stopped. The hospitality room in my room was open and ready for business at 7:30 a.m. and closed at 4 with more food than we could eat.2016 mg conference,june1 (10)

2016 mg conference,june1 (11) More will follow tomorrow for the volunteers, since they don’t have the time to leave and go get something.
First duty was getting water iced down and loaded for the pretour.2016 mg conference,june1 (46)

The registration desk was a hub of activity as MGs started arriving from all over the state for the 10 a.m. pre-conference tour. Many brought rain gear and umbrellas and it worked –the sun was shining and not a drop of rain fell today! Fingers are crossed for tomorrow and Friday. 2016 mg conference,june1 (4)

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A bit of calm returned to the convention center once we sent the 130 MGs on their way. Then we began to put together goody bags, 2016 mg conference,june1 (38)

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2016 mg conference,june1 (41)set up t-shirts,2016 mg conference,june1 (39) decorations, award pictures, and more. The silent auction crew arrived after lunch and that is set up and ready to go (and be added to as folks arrive tomorrow). It is amazing how generous Master Gardeners have been with what they are bringing! The auction is open only through 5:20 tomorrow. 2016 mg conference,june1 (44)

After everyone had their assignments and things were running smoothly, I ran out to Blue Springs to finalize details for Friday night. Rain or shine we have a plan for dinner and the garden tour. Gardeners are hearty souls, and can walk the gardens in spite of weather. The folks at Blue Springs have really been working hard to get ready for the Master Gardeners and you have to see what they have done. It is a gorgeous setting, and one you don’t want to miss. 2016 mg conference,june1 (24)

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Things are coming together nicely and we will be ready to welcome the rest of the state tomorrow starting at 1. It doesn’t end until Saturday at noon, and boy do we have a conference planned for you! See you soon, if you are registered.

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