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October 2, 2024
October 4, 2024
St. Louis, MO

Special Events at the NHLA Convention

Celebrate and Connect: Unforgettable Experiences Await

Elevate your Convention experience with our exclusive Special Events! From golf outings to our authentic Oktoberfest celebration, immerse yourself in a world of networking, learning, and fun tailored to the wood products industry.

Join us for receptions that set the standard, featuring open bars and unparalleled networking opportunities. Savor the experience with Bloody Mary bars on Thursday and Friday in the exhibit hall, along with complimentary breakfast and lunch for all attendees.

Whether you're a seasoned Convention veteran or a first-time attendee, these Special Events are designed for everyone to enjoy. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to mix, mingle, and have fun with industry peers! Learn more about what we have lined up down below.

ATV and Side by Side giveaway at the 2024 NHLA Convention and Exhibit Showcase

Win Big at the Exhibit Showcase and Gala Dinner!

NHLA is excited to announce an unforgettable Grand Prize Giveaway event on Friday, October 4th, at the Exhibit Showcase that you won’t want to miss! The array of incredible prizes, worth thousands of dollars include a top-of-the-line Pit Boss-Pro Series 850 pellet grill to elevate your grilling game to new heights and a 2024 Side-by-Side and that’s just the beginning! We have plenty more exciting prizes in store for you.

And thanks to our partnerships with Bass Pro/Cabella’s and Pit Boss, the lucky winner can pick these grand prizes up at their local store…no need to take it with you.

But here’s the catch – you MUST be present in the Exhibit Showcase to win! Prizes CANNOT be accepted on anyone’s behalf.

After the prize giveaways, keep the excitement going by joining us for the Friday Night Gala. It’s another fantastic chance to network with industry peers and customers, while enjoying delicious food and drinks in a vibrant atmosphere. We will also be celebrating the induction of a new NHLA Chairman.

So mark your calendars, adjust your travel plans accordingly, and plan to stay until the very end of the convention on Friday. Trust us, it will be worth it!

If you would like to know the closing party schedule of events, contact a member of our team. 

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2024 ITSEF Golf Classic

Wednesday, October 2
8:00 AM
Tapawingo National Golf Club

7:15 am Buses depart from the Marriott St. Louis Grand
8 am Shotgun Start

Join us in supporting the mission of the Inspector Training School Educational Foundation (ITSEF) as we host the 2024 ITSEF Golf Classic alongside the NHLA Annual Convention at Tapawingo National Golf Club.

Your participation aids in our mission to foster the ongoing development and advancement of the Inspector Training School and its graduates, nurturing them to become the future leaders of the hardwood industry. Let’s come together to build a stronger future for the hardwood industry!

Tapawingo National Golf Club
13001 Gary Player Dr.,
St. Louis, MO 63127

Note: ITSEF Golf Classic Welcome Reception on Tuesday, October 1st from 5:30-6:30pm.

A Golfers Only reception on Tuesday evening at the Marriott St. Louis Grand. Check-in to your room and come on down to meet your team and the other players. Grab your swag bag and a beer but turn-in early.

Pre-registration is required for attendance. Please make sure you add this event to your Convention registration if you would like to attend. Secure your spot by registering as a player for $275 per person.

If you would like to know the closing party schedule of events, contact a member of our team. 

St. Louis Arch GATEWAY TO ST. LOUIS TOUR at the 2024 NHLA Convention and Exhibit Showcase

Gateway to St. Louis Tour

Thursday, October 3
10:30 AM

The Gateway to St. Louis Tour will take place from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm.

This tour promises a blend of architectural marvels, historic insights, and some leisure time in green spaces, providing a rich overview of what St. Louis has to offer. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes for the walking parts, and perhaps a camera to capture the views from the Arch and the intricate interiors of the cathedrals. Enjoy your journey through the Gateway City!

Driving Tour Highlights Include:

Laclede’s Landing – A historic area known for its cobblestone streets and vibrant nightlife, The Old Cathedral – Officially known as the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, one of the city’s oldest buildings, The Old Courthouse – Famous for being the site of the Dred Scott case, Busch Stadium – Home of the St. Louis Cardinals, iconic for baseball fans, and Citygarden – An urban park and sculpture garden in downtown St. Louis.

Tour Stops Include:

The New Cathedral (Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis in Midtown) – Known for its stunning mosaics, and the Gateway Arch – Includes a tram ride to the top for spectacular views of the Mississippi River and the city. The Museum at Gateway Arch National Park offers a free, innovative, and accessible experience showcasing over 200 years of our city’s history.

Pre-registration is required. Cost to attend is $100. Be sure to add on this event during your Convention registration if you would like to attend.

If you would like to know the closing party schedule of events, contact a member of our team. 

Inspector Training School Alumni Reception at the 2023 NHLA Convention and Exhibit Showcase

NHLA Inspector Training School Alumni Reception

Thursday, October 3
- Thursday, October 3
2:45 PM
- 3:45 PM
Sponsored by:

The NHLA ITS Alumni Reception will take place from 2:45 – 3:45 pm.

If you are a graduate of NHLA Inspector Training School, this reception is just for you! Join our alumni networking reception and enjoy free beer, wine, snacks, and good company as alumni gather together to reminisce and hear the latest news from the school!

If you would like to know the closing party schedule of events, contact a member of our team. 

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OktoberFest! A Biergarten buyout at Anheuser-Busch, the home of Budweiser.

Thursday, October 3
- Thursday, October 3
5:00 PM
- 8:30 PM

Buses begin departing for Biergarten at 5 pm.
Prost to Oktoberfest from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Anheuser-Busch!

Join us for an exclusive experience within an experience at the NHLA Annual Convention this October! We’re thrilled to announce a special buyout event at the renowned Anheuser-Busch Biergarten, where the spirit of camaraderie meets the essence of Oktoberfest.

Indulge in a feast fit for a beer enthusiast with our mouthwatering menu featuring authentic delights such as Toasted Ravioli, Beer Bratwurst, Wings, and Bavarian Pretzels. Wash it all down with endless pours from our Open Bar, featuring a selection of refreshing brews straight from the source.

But the festivities don’t stop there! Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Anheuser-Busch with exclusive experiences including a Budweiser Clydesdale Meet & Greet, where you can mingle with these majestic creatures up close. Engage in friendly competition with yard games scattered throughout the venue, or simply relax and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of our indoor and outdoor biergartens.

Whether you’re a beer aficionado or simply looking for a memorable night out, Oktoberfest at Anheuser-Busch promises an evening of unparalleled fun, flavor, and festivity. Prost!

Ticket Required for Admittance. When you register for the NHLA Convention, don’t forget to secure your spot for this extraordinary evening. Tickets are $50 and include transportation, food and open bar.

If you would like to know the closing party schedule of events, contact a member of our team. 

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Blue and Gold Gala

Friday, October 4
- Friday, October 4
6:00 PM
- 11:00 PM
Marriott St. Louis Grand

The Blue and Gold Gala will take place from 6 – 11 pm.

Join us for the Blue and Gold Gala Event, a pinnacle evening at the NHLA Annual Convention. On this special Friday, we will witness a significant tradition as Jon Syre, the outgoing NHLA Chairman, ceremoniously passes the gavel to the 64th incoming Chairman. Celebrate the conclusion of the convention in true St. Louis Blues style, marking a memorable transition and a bright future ahead.

Door Prizes and Dancing are all included. Cocktails begin at 6pm, dinner will be served at 7pm and the seven-piece Funky Butt Brass Band (FBBB) will take the stage at 8pm.

Ticket Required for Admittance. If you are registered, the added cost is $85, and if you are not registered, the added cost is $170.

If you would like to know the closing party schedule of events, contact a member of our team. 


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