Not sure where to post this since it doesn't seem to fit anywhere under the Associations & Meetings (not local or the others listed).

The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) has the annual meeting in Hershey, PA this year. I would like feedback on the value of this multi-day meeting from those who have actually gone to it before, especially given the costs involved.

Questions:

1. Are their a lot of unique vendors at the tradeshow, or just the usual showing from the larger beekeeping supply companies (i.e. how about packaging / bottle / jar manufacturers)?

2. Are the sessions of REAL VALUE for sideliners or is most of it geared to the large commercial producers or just the hobbyists with 1 or 2 hives?

3. Its a 6 day show, but Thursday - Saturday appear to be the most valuable. What days do you attend.

4. Any other information would be appreciated.

-ekrouse