Tuesday represented the first chance to visit the trade show at BTME. Booths (called "stands" in the local vernacular) are generally smaller at this show than at GIS. As you'd expect, the major mower manufacturers have larger stands in order to display multiple pieces of equipment, but still small by US standards.
In addition to a number of European suppliers there were a few American companies. The group was delighted to catch up with Phil and Gloria Cowen from VinylGuard. They were jumpstarting sales in the UK by exhibiting and enlisting a new distributor there.
Phil and Gloria Cowen at the Vinylguard stand.
This was also the day that many of the "free sessions" took place on the education front. TurfNet members attending BTME received a bundle of thirteen hours of paid education and unlimited free education -- quite the bargain when compared to similar conference in the US.
Drew Barnett, Arron McCurdy, and Chuck Barber between Free education sessions.
Arron McCurdy and Sean Tully at the Syngenta stand
A standalone Foot Golf hole that requires no digging from our friends at Tacit Golf
Sean Tully at the Baroness booth
Harrogate is known as a spa town. A couple of members of the TurfNet party checked into the Harrogate Turkish Baths for massages and a session in their steam/sauna rooms. The Baths have been restored to their mid-1800's grandeur.
The "plunge pool" at the Harrogate Turkish Baths.