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World of Concrete 2016

Las Vegas, Nevada – The 2016 World of Concrete Trade Show held the largest show in seven years with more than 1500 exhibitors within over 700,000 square feet plus exterior exhibits with heavy equipment.  Attendance registration was 5% over the 56,000 construction professionals that attended 2015.  The World of Concrete focuses on commercial concrete and masonry industries.  The Producer Center was featured with seminars, technology, demonstrations and a vast array of new products, tools and heavy equipment for commercial and residential use.


Sensors were demonstrated with displays of connecting wirelessly for tools and heavy equipment.  Competitions were taking place during the trade show with Brothers Scott and Brian Tuttle taking the first place prize of $120,000 by laying the most bricks during the Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 World Championship.  Las Vegas weather was cooler than normal temperature but that did not hold the professionals back from embracing a well-organized informative one of a kind international event with regards to the concrete and masonry industry.

44th Annual Safari Club International Convention

Las Vegas, Nevada – Mandalay Bay convention center was the host for the 44th Annual Safari Club International Convention for over 25,000 people to a members-only show.  Representation from 33 countries with over 1,200 exhibitors filled the hall representing over 34 hunting categories as well as SCI 2016 featuring a fishing village for individuals to check out different locations to travel to for all types of species across the world.  Waterfowl hunting adventures were a part of the complete package amongst the organization of the Safari Club International.


The annual event featured raising multi-millions of dollars through a silent and live auction. The auction raises over 70% of the money that goes to conservation effort programs, education for humanitarian needs and hunter advocacy. Seminars were presented from encouraging women in hunting, bow hunting and encouraging protection of hunting heritage and wildlife conservation.

2016 SHOT Show - Rave Reviews

Tom Norris, Mike Thornton
Las Vegas - The SHOT Show received high praise this week with a final attendance of over 64,000 industry professionals and buyers.  The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show was filled with 1,600 exhibiting companies, seminars on safety education and innovative technology.  The SHOT Show is the fifth largest trade show in Las Vegas.


Two Navy Seals that received the Medal of Honor, Tom Norris and Mike Thornton were present.  Their story “By Honor Bound” was shared about their lives during the Vietnam War.  Ted Rowe received the prestigious NSSF Ken Sedlecky Award for his years of dedication to protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sport.  Ron Spomer received the 2016 POMA-NSSF Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award.  The 2017 SHOT Show is scheduled for Jan. 17-20 at the Sands Expo.

Seven new breeds to compete at 140th Westminster Kennel Club

New York – The 140th Westminster Kennel Club showcased seven new breeds Thursday at Madison Square Garden.  The new breeds that are eligible for 2016 will make their first appearance at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club dog show February 15-16.


Three different events have drawn entries of 3,000 dogs’ from199 eligible breeds encompassing the 50 states and 12 foreign countries. The new breeds entering this year each have their own unique strengths including the Berger Picard taking instructions in French.  The new breeds include Bergamasco, Berger Picard, Minature American Shepherd and Spanish Water Dog (Herding Group), Boerboel (Working Group), Cirneco dell’Etna (Hound Group), Lagotto Romagnolo (Sporting Group).


The Westminster Kennel Club agility competition and this year adding an obedience event are open to non-purebreds.  The agility competition will be held February 13.

SHOT Show 38th in Las Vegas

 Las Vegas, Nevada – The Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas is hosting the 38th SHOT Show that draws in 60,000 professionals representing the outdoor and firearms industry. Buyers represent more than 100 countries including the 50 states with 1,600 companies exhibiting new and innovative products.  A New Products Center also has a showcase section featuring more than 400 new products. 


The SHOT Show is the largest trade show in the world that is not open to the public but to trade members.  The National Sports Foundation (NSSF) sponsors the large event with products ranging from firearms, gun safes, ammunition, target shooting, law enforcement products, safety equipment, hearing and eye protection, game calls, decoys and a huge array of hunting products.  Strength of the show has increased each year that a waiting list of exhibitors for future shows has been created.


The SHOT Show is designed with a high level of learning and testing new products as well as a SHOT Show University where attendees can learn about compliance with federal regulations and many other educational seminars.

Future Automotive Technology at CES

Las Vegas, Nevada – The comparison of the Consumer Electronic Show to the Superbowl of the technology world is well placed.  The fast changing industry of the automobile was showcased at the unveiling of the Faraday that is backed by the Chinese.  A new manufacturing plant was announced that is under construction in Las Vegas with a future employment of more than 4,500.


Ford announced its voice-activated speaker Echo for communication between homes and cars.  Ford will be expanding its fleet of cars to 30.  Volkswagen in the next decade will produce the BUDD-e four-wheel drive electric minivan with doors opening by a gesture or voice control plus more futuristic features.  The Mercedes-Benz showed its brand new Touch Pad steering wheel that is effortless to use when going through menu options for two HD screens.  Toyota showcased its push toward hydrogen power.

Consumer Electronics Show with Innovations and Creativity

Las Vegas, Nevada – Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas had over 2.47 million square feet of exhibits filled with innovations and creativity from the most talented people across the world.  Attendance breaking record of over 170,000 people with more than 50,000 coming from outside the United States representing 150 countries and 3,800 exhibitors.


Drones were a strong force at the show with displays and demonstrations.  The technology is changing at such a fast pace as the consumers buy at record-breaking numbers.  Drones promoting delivery of packages and military/police use were being navigated by the controller’s use of a cell phone or panel.   A futuristic model that is being developed with an attached camera was a device that when in motion looked like a regular bird in the sky.  Engineers from Israel, China and other worldly locations were on hand demonstrating.  Compliance of new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was discussed during the demonstrations.


Health care awareness was strongly presented with Smart Bracelets, clothing that read your biometric readings and protected you as you may tumble during an ordinary life activity or sport.  Watches that kept time also had multi-applications of monitoring the body and mind.

A Night at the Museum

New York City – The American Museum of Natural History was the host to a sold out adults-only sleepover.  People came as far away as Australia to take advantage of this unique opportunity to spend the night in the museum.  Over 200 adults brought their sleeping bags to place on cots for a rest after 2 a.m. in the Hall of Ocean Life under the 94-foot long blue whale. 


Champagne toast began the evening with 12th Night Trio performing followed by dinner in the Powerhouse and music with Elad Kabilio both brought my Music Talks.  All 45 Museum Halls and The Rose Center for Earth and Space were open for exploration.  Throughout the evening there were programs, tours and live animal presentations plus the Space Show: Dark Universe.  Winter Wonderland Jazz Show with featuring Broadway Star Daniel Reichard performed in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda surrounded with dinosaurs. 


The evening was filled to brim with activities for everyone to find something that was of personal interest.  Lights dimmed at 2 a.m. but several people took advantage of staying up later in the Lunar Lounge and a continental breakfast served at 7 a.m.

Fargo AirSho featuring Blue Angels

Fargo, ND - The Blue Angels gave an unbelievable performance as they are noted for to a record-breaking crowd.  Weather was hot by the end show on Sunday without a cloud in the sky.  History was made this year when the Blue Angels took flight with the first time having a woman in the cockpit.  U.S. Marine Corps Captain Katie Higgins was the first female pilot in a 69-year history. 
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew Boeing F/A 18 Hornet fighter jets.  The Blue Angels are the national first oldest flight team and world wide the second oldest flight team.

Albuquerque Balloon Ascension and Competition

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Monday was the third day that the International Balloon Fiesta gave a go to the mass ascension.  The sky was cloudy but the winds were right to be given the green light to ascend.  Cliff Keller was the pilot of balloon “Lily” and lifted off on the second wave thinking at first the flight might be short but lasted way over an hour with a great landing that encompassed his thirty plus years of experience and teamwork with his wife Jude.  The Chase Crew was made of members that have been with the Keller's for years creating lasting friendships and trust.


Rolling Stones at TCF Bank Stadium “Satisfaction”

Minneapolis, MN - Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones rocked the TCF Bank Stadium with over 50,000 fans.  The rain stopped minutes before the Rolling Stones took the stage and fans stood throughout the two hour plus concert absorbing music that the band has been performing over 53 years.  Mick Jagger remains strong with his iconic dance form that everyone has become accustomed to seeing along with playing the harmonica to “Midnight Rambler.” 


New York Spring Spectacular 2015

Donald & Melania Trump
  New York City - The Red Carpet was lined with celebrities before Radio City Music Hall opened up a seven-week performance.  New York Spring Spectacular takes audiences on a whirlwind adventure across New York City while telling an inspiring and hopeful narrative about New Yorkers who change each other’s lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. 
Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti, Emmy Award-winner and current pro on Dancing With the Stars, Derek Hough; Lenny Wolpe; Jared Grimes and the Rockettes will be joined by co-creative directors Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner on the red carpet.

Moondance jammin Country Fest weekend

Justin Moore
Walker, MN – A temperamental weather pattern gave way to a large double rainbow over the main arena as Moondance jammin Country Fest was in full swing with a packed arena of fans.  Friday went off like clockwork with the well-defined organization that Moondance has been noted for.  Entertainers began with Dallas Smith, Jon Pardi, Rodney Atkins and Justin Moore.  Saturday will be filled with performances by Lost Highway, Sarah Darling, Joe Nichols and Hunter Hayes.

Obama in New York Fundraising

New York – President Obama landed in New York on Air Force One and was immediately greeted by a small group of people before boarding Marine One to attend two fundraisers.  Along the route Obama made a brief stop at a Gap store to shop for his wife, Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha.  Gap Inc. is a business that responded to Obama’s request at the State of the Union address to increase wages.


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