The MTGA Summit is an opportunity for all MTGA members to learn, network, and connect with other members and industry partners. The Summit also includes the MTGA & MTRPC Annual Meetings.
Address: 2100 Arrowwood Lane, Alexandria, MN 56308
The room rate is $154 per night - book your room by calling (320) 762-1124 and request a reservation for the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association room block. The reservation block ends June 15, 2022.
Hotel registration includes waterpark passes, access to the 18-hole executive putting course, bicycles, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, lawn games, sand volleyball, public bonfires, indoor tennis, basketball, indoor pool, and whirlpool.
MTGA has revamped the sponsorship tiers to support a variety of company budgets. There are several general and special sponsorship levels that offer great company recognition. Learn more about the 2022 Summer Summit sponsorship opportunities here.
Secure your sponsorship by filling out this form by June 20th.
Email your best turkey recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org and it may be featured at the Turkey Taste Off on June 27!
The winning Turkey Taste Off recipe will:
The runner-up will receive coupons for Turkey To Go at the Minnesota State Fair.
To register for the Vendor Fair, register one attendee for "MTGA Current Allied Member + Booth Space" for $300. All other attendees from your company can register for the "MTGA Current Allied Member" rate.
A sought after public speaker, John Kriesel travels throughout the country sharing his story, inspiring and motivating others. Kriesel’s intensely positive attitude infects every person he shares his story with from students to senior corporate executives as he relays lessons learned overcoming extreme tragedy.
On December 2, 2006 the vehicle Kriesel and four of his comrades were riding in encountered a 200 lb. Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The blast killed two of Kriesel’s best friends and he was severely injured, losing both legs, suffering numerous broken bones and internal injuries. He was transported to two eld hospitals in Iraq where he died three times on the operating table before doctors saved his life. He woke up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center after an 8-day medically induced coma where he learned about the death of his two comrades and the severity of his injuries.
Nine months after his near-death experience in Iraq, John returned to Minnesota to begin his new life. His transition from military to civilian life offered many challenges, but his amazing support system, positive attitude and sense of humor allowed him to bounce back stronger than ever.
During John’s presentation he will describe his decision to join the military at 17 years of age, and his overseas deployments. He will discuss in detail the tragic events ofDecember 2, 2006, and his thoughts and feelings as he laid on a dirt road in Iraq, nearly bleeding to death. He will describe what it was like when he woke up from an8-day coma in the United States and began his recovery. John’s story, sense of humor, and positive outlook on life will leave your audience inspired.
9:30 - 11:00 am Registration & Vendor Fair
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Keynote Speaker: John Kriesel
Enjoy motivational speaker, John Kriesel's inspiring talk on how he persevered through challenging times and continues to keep a positive outlook.
12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch & Annual Meeting
Celebrate the past year of MTGA & MTRPC! We will highlight the successes of each organization and conduct the annual business meeting.
1:30 - 2:30 pm Turkey 101
Get updates on the High Path Avian Influenza situation from industry partners.
2:30 - 5:00 pm Break
During this time, enjoy the Casey's Amusement Park, the Arrowwood putting green or a guided fishing experience! Be sure to select which entertainment opportunity you'd like to participate in when registering!
5:00 - 7:00 pm Turkey Taste-Off
7:00 - 8:30 pm Social Time
8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast and Legislative Update
Hear from our local lobbyist, Bruce Kleven, and National Turkey Federation President, Joel Brandenberger, on the current state of turkey advocacy state- and nationwide.
9:00 - 9:30 am Information Session 1
9:30 - 10:00 am Information Session 2
10:30 - 11:00 am UMN Research Update
Get updates from University researchers on their current turkey related research projects.
11:00 - 11:30 am Information Session 3
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch & Awards