I pointed out the Purple Cow store in a previous post and now it’s set up and in business. There’s all kinds of Expo wear and collectibles for sale here. I’m thinking that the sweatshirts and jackets will sell better toward the end of the week.
Now this is the way to get around at Expo. Here’s Steve Hefty, Expo Sales Specialist, riding around on his Segway. He told me that they are very easy to use and can basically go anywhere a wheelchair can go. He likes the fact that, unlike a golf cart, they’re smaller and can fit through tighter places like around the booths that are being set up today.
Not to be outdone and cruising around on his own Segway is Expo Sales Manager, John Rozum, who’s seen here directing exhibitors to their assigned spot. I thought about bringing my bike and kind of wish I had after seeing this Alliant Center representative riding around on hers!
I promise I won’t make you look at too many pictures of me. However, I’m very proud and happy with my little office (The Fishbowl) in the Coliseum. This used to be the receptionists office and now I guess it just serves as a communications equipment hub.
Anyway, this is where I’ll be bringing most of it to you. It’s time now to go wander around and see what else I can find. There’s lots more to come here on World Dairy Diary!
Here’s another look at the judging activity going on this morning. Expo officially kicks off to the public tomorrow but as you can see there’s a lot going on already!
The show is a serious business and these young judging competitors are at full attention as they compete in today’s National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. I’ll post information about the results and where to find them later today after I check back in with the media office.
Also taking place today is the National Intercollegiate & International Post-Secondary cotests.
Let’s go back to the ring for a moment and you can see how the Expo Theme is being used. As a backdrop to the activity in the ring are these very large and beautiful works of art, reflecting “The Art of Dairy.”
Above the show ring is the area where the announcers and other technicians work. Here’s World Dairy Expo, General Manager, Tom McKittrick, (on the right) supervising the activities.
Here’s a top level view of the show ring. It’s full with young people, their animals and the judging contests. I’ve got some more pictures coming shortly.
The very first thing I noticed as I walked in was the smell of fresh wood chips. As you can see, the floor of the ring is blue. Those are colored chips which I think makes for a unique platform to show the cattle.
Ruth Stampfl is in charge of the administrative office and she knows what’s going on. Here’s Ruth on the radio as calls come in right and left. It may be a busy and sort of stressful time but Ruth was relaxed and got me situated right away. The World Dairy Expo staff just couldn’t be more helpful.