Jan. 20, 2018 - Had a great day at the Saskatchewan Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference in Saskatoon at Smileys Restaurant. My side was the S.V.G.A., with our pumpkins. There were speakers for Fruit and Vegetables separately and some for both groups.
I gave a presentation to everyone on "Improving Your Online & Social Media Presence", which covered things like Google Business, Bing Places, MetaTags, Sitemaps Verified Facebook pages, Mobile Friendly pages and other Social Media Platforms. The presentation seemed well received by these small to large growers.
There were a a bunch of other speakers like Kate Congreves an Assistant Professor Plant Sciences at the U.of S. on "Organic Matter & Soil Health". Clinton Monchuk from Farm & Food Care about telling our story as growers to the public.
Gary Hughes from Sobeys stopped by looking for local growers to sell their products in their stores, much like the Federated Co-ops have been doing for the last number of years with Prairie Fresh Food Corporation, and other local growers.
Jeff Cooper gave an informative presentation of STEP and exporting.
The groups split to listen to their respective Ministry of Agriculture Provincial Specialist on their Test Plots Results from 2017. Connie Achtymichuk for Vegetables and Forrest Scharf for Fruit. Industry Round Tables followed and then each AGM.
A tour of the Saskatchewan Agri-Food Innovation Centre (website might be down) followed at this amazing centre, and toured their new building at Schuyler Street in Saskatoon. Millions of dollars of equipment, for cooking, packaging, testing, extruding, distillery, and so much more. Coolers, freezers, labs, processing areas, offices were very nice.
Last day of the Corn Maze is Saturday Oct. 28, 2017! Thanks for everyone for coming out and enjoying our facility. The plans are already unfolding for 2018, with a larger Haunted House, and maybe an earlier time in the year.
We are coming up to the end of Oct., which means the last chance for the Haunted Corn Maze and Haunted McEye House, and our Pumpkin Festival. Last Chance, Haunted Corn Maze Friday Oct. 27 -5-11pm and Saturday Oct. 28 1-11 pm. Pumpkin Festival.
We do not run on Halloween, so get out this weekend.
Greg Hastings and the PAX Jan. 27-29, 2017 in San Antonio Texas. Mike Pev, Pevril, Behind the Bunker Todd Anichok, Matt Aninchok, Joe Rimple, Reaper Dave Justin, Alabama Slim, Bea Young,
Great conversation with Joe from Flag Raiders in ON, and Mike Pev Peverill. Not sure who the other fellow is but most likely David "Reaper" Justin who has a 3 hour radio show weekly. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/shootusoon I'm going to resurrect the Paintball Business Journal, which is an Industry publication for Paintball. I've completed my survey of 44 paintball fields in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. I hope to get all of Canada done before the PB-EX (up to 135 fields in Canada), and some of the USA. It takes 10-15 minutes per field to collect all the data. Name, website, type of online booking, waivers, types of play, fields, party targeted, Google Business listings, social media used, Insurance, good web design, (10 categories). It will give a very good insight on what fields are doing and what improvements they could make. There are some massive playing sites, and lots of family run ones too. Most are not the primary income, just like in the USA. I suspect that I will find 150-200 paintball fields in Canada. I've been told that there are 750 paintball fields in the USA. Pev said 1,000 but that is more of a guess. Since Canada has 10% of the population of the USA, if they have 750, we should have 75, but I think we will be higher, just because of distance to play. This list would help a Paintball Industry Association get started too, with good current stats.
This Weekend Greg Hastings did something Amazing, "Greg along with a small Team went to one of the Biggest video game Conventions in the World and Talked about PAINTBALL, over 20,000 of them. they stood on our feet for 3 days and handed out FREE PASSES to 5 Texas Paintball fields, and talked about playing paintball to every person who got a pass! They took pictures with our guns, they were Amazed how far the technology has come asking how my DAM worked, how Marc Sutherland T15 shot First Strikes, that David Justin pistols were cool, that Bea Youngs was a Professional and an Icon, the knowledge of Mike Pev Peverill about the industry, and watched Behind The Bunker being filmed LIVE on Location!
We talked about Massive games like CPX Sports - Living Legends and SuperGame 50, about real video game fields like NUKETOWN at Paintball Explosion, about doing chopper fly runs at Zero Hour: Insurrection, tHE iNSANITY THAT HAPPENS AT Decay of Nations and we saw their eyes light up! And then we said you could even try it on virtual reality here today before you go out and play! We gave away 20 Paintball markers provided by Ultimate Paintball to kids who played the app around a 360 camera, Paintballers drove for hours just to help, and cheer us on, one even flew up from Florida to help us hand out Passes!!! Hundreds said we made them want to play again, parents Loved the passes for Birthdays and to get their kids off the Couch, and with Over 20,000 flyers we gave out, Not A SINGLE ONE was left on the Floor!
Think about what that actually does to Really grow the sport, All of the NEW people interested in playing now... I would get into which Paintball Companies didn't do a thing to Help us, or people that mocked us, but that wouldn't help Anything, and I want to be positive! Just know that Greg's and James vision of what Paintball can do has restored my Faith into the Future of Paintball.
Peace, Blessings, and Ill see you in the Tall Grass
Goodbye from PAX.
Bea Youngs Mike Pev Peverill AlabasterSlim Wolf Critchlow Greg Hastings Todd Ancich Joe Kimpson Marie Longtin-Pitts AR Monarch James Thrush Anthony Bove David Kuznicki
Behind the Bunker Jan. 30
BtB Jan. 29
BtB Jan. 28
"PAX is the largest gaming convention in North America. I am fortunate enough (and grateful) to be part of an amazing team of elite professionals in promoting the sport of paintball to over 40k gamer fans. Twice each day we are broadcasting LIVE from San Antonio TX in our display booth high lighting paintball, fans, curious gamers, costumes and VIRTUAL REALITY from Greg Hastings gaming franchise. This video is from yesterday that I helped in creating content and running the floor camera with Joe. Tune in today at www.BehindTheBunker.com at both NOON & 4pm CENTRAL TIME to see today's craziness!"
BtB Jan. 28
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Looking forward to the next season, which will be our 23rd year in business (since 1994)
http://www.paintballpa.com/events.html has all the events
If you are serious about the business of paintball, this is the show you can't miss. This tradeshow is for field, and store owners and staff only. Unlike a paintball show at World Cup (endless dry firing, none of that happens here), this is were the business of paintball is conducted. This is B2B.
This years event is near Washington DC, at the Hyatt Regency Dulles, with free airport shuttle service. This is the location of the last 3 events too.
The exhibitors list will be released shortly, but generally all the big names are there and lots of new products and services. Food, Haunt, techicial, management birthday classes too.
The Industry luncheon has grown and is great to give feedback to the manufactures.
I attended the 1st one in 2005 in Springfield Il, and have attended most of the others, including Atlanta GE, and Anahiem CA. The Washington DC location allows 60% of the USA population to be within 10 hour drive to DC, plus the location allows the vendors to be able to pay less to attend, unlike the big centers like Las Vegas, Chicago, and such with unload fees doubling the price of a booth.
Here are some pictures from the Feb. 21-25, 2016 Paintball Extravaganza. I had Robbie Gage come with me. Robbie ran around the tradeshow trying to look at everything, which takes me 2 days, but he did the first run through in a hour, but he needed to come back and get some details. Seeing old friends always is amazing. The tradeshow runs 2 1/2 days (Tuesday - Thursday Noonish). The welcome party Tuesday night is always fun. The bar/lounge has many stories and good information sharing all week. Wednesday is the Industry Luncheon, which is not to be missed. There is a little Sandwich Shop next door (just ask anybody and they will point your way over there, as it's kind of hidden away), that has great food during the morning and day, for very reasonable prices. And on Thursday you must be present to win the door prizes. In Anaheim CA, I was number 13 drawn from the drum, and everybody before me left and missed it. Around $3,000 worth of merchandise was my prize. Paid for the trip. I won a small prize in Washington DC, at the Convention Center, which was nice too. The tour of Pev's Paintball on Friday is always good, I've been there 3 times and I always learn something new each time. Washington DC is built for tourists, so there is lots to see and do, if you stay a day or 2 longer. Lots of Museums, I love the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | National Air and Space Museum at the airport. We also had supper in Chinatown, that was fantastic.
Day 1 - Tradeshow and Evening Welcome Party
Day 2 - Birthday Classes and Industry Luncheon
Day 3 - Friends Day, Classes and Waiting for the Winner (must be present) of the massive door prizes (I've won 2)
Day 4 - Tour of Pev's Paintball - awesome field and store http://pevspaintball.com/
Day 5 - Toured the Washington DC Mall with Robbie
A Pittance of Time by Terry Kelly
From the Legions website http://www.legion.ca/media/a-pittance-of-time/
"About the Song. On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store’s PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.
Terry was impressed with the store’s leadership role in adopting the Legion’s “two minutes of silence” initiative. He felt that the store’s contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.
When eleven o’clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the “two minutes of silence” to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.
Terry’s anger towards the father for trying to engage the store’s clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was later channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, “A Pittance of Time”. Terry later recorded “A Pittance of Time” and included it on his full-length music CD, “The Power of the Dream”.
In the interest of creating a greater awareness of the sacrifices that have been made and are still being made on our behalf, “A Pittance of Time” has been adapted to the French language and titled “C’est si peu de temps”. Music videos for both audio tracks were also produced in support of the campaign."
Highway of Heros
"Highway of Heroes", was co-written and co-produced by The Trews and Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) and was inspired by the 2006 death of Captain Nichola Goddard from The Trews' hometown of Antigonish, NS. Canada's Highway of Heroes, is the section of the MacDonald-Cartier freeway named to honour those who have sacrificed all in service of country.
George Lewko PAg, is a Professional Agrologist, with a certificate in Forensic Agrology. He grew up on his farm, and started Paintball Paradise Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1994. A combine accident left him with only his thumb on his right hand in 1997.