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20th AVA Biennial Convention

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Stepping Out of Bounds in Billings


New Volkssporter!!

You may have noticed some responses were a bit slower than normal. But Grandma and Grandpa had to take the time to hold our new granddaughter, Kailey Lynn Sayers. She joined us a bit earlier than expected, on May 20th, and there were knives involved! Everyone is doing just fine now. We are hoping we can stop by again on the way to Billings to hold her some more. Please welcome Kailey.

PS - We already bought her a new walker packet, and given her a lifetime Commander Membership to the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute. Way to go Kailey!

Now back to your regularly scheduled web site.

The American Volkssport Association is America’s Walking Club. Every two years the membership gathers together to conduct the business of the organization. Come join us
June 7th to 9th, 2017, in Billings, Montana!

Convention Online Registration

The ability to pre-register for our fabulous convention in Billings, Montana from June 5th through June 11th, 2017 IS OVER.

The actual convention is June 7-9, but events surround it. But don't dispair, you will have another opportunity to register.

Onsite registration begins Monday, May 8th, 2017. That simply means that we are going to have to do the registration for you. Contact us by email at info@2017AVAConvention.org or leave a message on 303-785-6177. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

To see your choices, go to the Registration Tab, read all about it, then drop us an email or phone call and we will get you registered.

Thanks for stepping out with us.

Silent Auction

If you are bringing something with you to donate to the silent auction, it would help us out if you download this form, fill it out and email it back to us PRIOR to your arrival. That way, we can begin generating the paperwork necessary for the donation. If not, expect it to take several minutes to get stuff registered for you. Thanks.

Be sure to check out the Volunteer tab.

To stay updated on our progress, connect regularly to our web site 2017AVAConvention.org, sign up for our newsletter, and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Billings, Montana's Trailhead!

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).

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Billings Info Download

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.

Billings Convention Downloads

Wild Montana Skies

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Montana From The Air

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We are proposing the following convention events in Billings:

  • Walk, Buffalo, Wyoming
  • Walk, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
  • Walk, Billings Yellowstone River
  • Walk, Billings Brewery Tour
  • Walk, Billings Swords Rimrock Park
  • Bike, Billings
  • Swim, Billings Hotel
  • Walk, Red Lodge, Montana
  • Walk, Cody, Wyoming

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Red Lion Hotel and Convention Center, Billings

Courtyard Chairs

Weather permitting, location of the Meet & Greet and Thursday lunch.

Multiple Decks

There are multiple decks in the Courtyard to accommodate serving food and a Cash Bar.

Comfortable Chairs

These very comfortable chairs are placed throughout the hotel.

Comfortable Couches

Throughout the convention hallway areas.

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Main Hall
Main Hall

This is the main hall at the Convention Center.

Vendor Hall
Vendor Hall

Where our Vendors, as well as clubs and regions can set up a display booth.

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Meeting Rooms

These very comfortable rooms will be configured to meet our requirements for the General Sessions, foodies, Walk Central, Hospitality.

Visit Billings

Statue located outside the Visit Billings office. They are being extremely helpful.

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  • 20th AVA Biennial Convention

  • June 7th through 9th, 2017

  • Billings Montana

  • Montana's Trailhead

  • Walk along the Yellowstone River

  • Do the President's Walk - the Billings Brewery Tour

  • Walk the Rims via Swords Rimrock Park