Besides all the inside activity there’s a lot going on outside to add to the festive air that you’ll find when you attend Expo. These folks from ABS are “pumping it up.”
Here’s where most of the “action” takes place. This is also the building in which I’m set up in a little office they call the “fishbowl.” This place is very active today since there are shows going on already.
After I get these first pictures posted I’m going to wander around and get some pictures of the livestock. Right across from the Exhibition Hall is the Arena and office where cattle need to be checked in. It looks like many or most are already here. Lots of animals being walked around. It’ll be interesting to see if the weather change this week, from hot/humid to cold has any impact on their performances.
As I passed by the Arena there were a number of trucks driving in and out of the little alleyway between it and the livestock buildings. There are a lot of golf carts here. So far I haven’t been able to talk anyone into letting me use one.
As you can see here in front of the Exhibition Hall, there’s not a lot of activity yet. Just some outside exhibitors setting up. There’s lots of space left to fill and the inside already seems very full. I stopped here first to check in at the media room before heading over to the Coliseum where my office is.
As the sign says, “Welcome To World Dairy Expo.” I just got on the grounds and set up in my office but I’ve already got a lot of pictures to show you. This will be a little like a travelogue in a way as I try to give you a flavor of what it’s like on this last setup day. After the event I’ll be taking all the photos and making them available in an online photo album.
After leaving my hotel this morning it was just a short drive to the Alliant Center. Right out front is this welcoming committee and sign. It’s a beautiful morning. The sun is just starting to poke out of the early clouds. It’s getting warm and it is humid but that’s all going to change in just a couple days.
It’s a long drive to Madison from central Missouri but I’m here and ready for the show to begin. It actually gets started officially on Tuesday but I know there will be plenty of activity tomorrow so keep checking back. I just got into my hotel and the have good wireless high speed access!
It wasn’t raining when I got in but I did drive through some downpours in northern Illinois. It looked like a lot of the corn has been harvested or is being harvested as I drove through Missouri and Illinois. Soybeans have hardly been touched yet and there was still a lot of corn standing as I got into Wisconsin. It’s harvest time and hopefully the weather will cooperate.
I’m looking forward to blogging World Dairy Expo for you and hope you will like what you see.
One thing you always need to do before going on a trip is to check the weather. So what’s it going to be like in Madison this week for World Dairy Expo? I just checked the 10-day on The Weather Channel and it looks like it’ll start out hot and end up cold. There’s a good chance of some rain tonight then up in the 80’s tomorrow and opening day, Tuesday. But then on Wednesday they’re calling for a cool down. In fact by Friday it’ll be highs in the 50’s and lows in the 30’s!! Bring a jacket. I’m going to. Glad I checked.
I guess the Milk Income Loss Contract expired yesterday. The last story I’ve been able to find on it was late yesterday. According to this story in the Idaho Statesmen.com, not all dairy groups are upset about it. I’m sure we’ll know more about it Monday. I mention it here because I saw a lot of stories on it the last couple days. And because I’m getting ready to head to World Dairy Expo tomorrow and won’t be posting until after I get there, unless I find something of interest early tomorrow.
I just spoke with Lisa Behnke, Marketing Manager for World Dairy Expo and the activity level in Madison is cranking. Just imagine 2,000 people checking into a hotel in about 3 days. Then imagine if those were cattle! That’s about how many animals are being brought to Expo this year and they’re driving in as we speak. They’ve all got to be checked in and put in their places. And of course, there is all the people who are bringing them in.
Besides that you’ve got about 1,500 exhibitors all moving in their booths and equipment at the same time. And of course the whole Expo staff has to move into the facilities from their regular office building.
I’m glad I’m traveling there on Sunday!