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20th AVA Biennial Convention

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Stepping Out of Bounds in Billings

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 ENDS SOON

The ability to pre-register for our fabulous convention in Billings, Montana from June 5th through June 11th, 2017 ENDS SOON. 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 ordered. If you wait to register at the convention or at the Start/Finish of the events, we may be sold out of the extras. Thank you for your patience.

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.

Convention Travel Arrangements

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.

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