The time has finally come - the ability to register for our fabulous convention in Billings, Montana from June 5th through June 11th, 2017. The actual convention is June 7-9, but events surround it.
Gather up your AVA Membership Number and your Credit Card. When you have all that together, go to the Registration Page, read everything thoroughly, then click on the appropriate registration icon. That will take you to the actual registration pages where you will make all of your selections, get any discounts, and pay.
Registration Ends May 1st at 12:00am - So Midnight between Apr 30 and May 1. That gives us time to insure we have everything available and time to process refunds. Thank you for your patience.
Thanks for stepping out with us.
A great big Thank You to everyone. We have booked all 200 rooms at the 20th AVA Biennial Convention hotel, the Red Lion Hotel and Convention Center, Billings. We were unable to accommodate everyone who wished to stay there, so either make arrangements with your favorite hotel chain, or check out hotels close to the convention center for their available rooms.
We are recommending you drive. However, if you fly, please be aware there is no transportation configured to get to the pre-convention events or the post-convention events. I am in process of setting up a car pool schedule site so those folks with rentals or just driving can help out anyone that needs a ride. I will post the information here and update in the convention newsletter.
If you are flying in, Billings Logan Internation Airport services the following airlines: Allegiant, Alaska, Delta, Cape Air, United. It is also served by the following rental car companies: Enterprise, Thrifty, Dollar, Hertz, National, Alamo, Avis and Budget. If you only need to get to the convention hotel, they offer free pickup at the airport - just call 406-248-7151. If you are staying at one of the other hotels in town, contact them to see if they provide free pick up from the airport.
The registration for the convention will not be available until January 2017. It will be available online through this web site.
Be sure to check out the Volunteer tab.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
There are 47 miles of trails in Billings, with over 7 miles along the Yellowstone River. A stretch of trail along the Rimrocks has fantastic views of the mountains beyond. On a clear day, five mountain ranges can be seen. Billings has 39 city parks, and more than 500 geocache treasures in the city alone! The Yellowstone River is the longest free-flowing river in the United States.
The downtown brewery tour will be incorporated into one of our sanctioned events. The Western Heritage Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Yellowstone Art Museum was originally the Yellowstone County jail, built in 1884 ($5 admission).
Download the Billings, Montana convention presentation and/or the Visit Billings video and Guidebook. Opens in a new page. Just close the page to return here.
We are proposing the following convention events in Billings:
Weather permitting, location of the Meet & Greet and Thursday lunch.
There are multiple decks in the Courtyard to accommodate serving food and a Cash Bar.
These very comfortable chairs are placed throughout the hotel.
Throughout the convention hallway areas.
This is the main hall at the Convention Center.
Where our Vendors, as well as clubs and regions can set up a display booth.
These very comfortable rooms will be configured to meet our requirements for the General Sessions, foodies, Walk Central, Hospitality.
Statue located outside the Visit Billings office. They are being extremely helpful.
20th AVA Biennial Convention
June 7th through 9th, 2017
Walk along the Yellowstone River
Do the President's Walk - the Billings Brewery Tour
Walk the Rims via Swords Rimrock Park