Tuesday, April 17, 2018

5 Tips For Choosing the Right Venue for Your Event

It seems like every restaurant or hotel is trying to be the location for your next event. There are many venues to choose from in our area, but how do you know that your choice will be one that supports every aspect of your planned event?

Follow these tips as a start.

1) The Right-Sized Room(s)

Have you ever been to a meeting or a get-together where the room is way too big, leaving you feeling like there should be more happening? Or worse, a space that is too small and gets stuffy and warm?

The venue you choose should have the right-sized room for your group and for the type of event you’re planning. River’s Edge Convention Center offers more than 75,000 square feet of continuous exhibit space alone with 24-foot ceilings and easy on-grade load-in access. We have an extensive list of room choices; view square footage and ceiling height specifications here.

2) Catering or Beverage Choices

Look for a venue that has catering on-site or great catering vendors that they regularly use. This will ensure that professional service and delicious food are served for your guests (complete with linens and catering staff in most cases). Beware those venues that only work with 1-2 caterers or liquor providers, forcing you to choose from a weak menu. River’s Edge Convention Center provides you with the freedom to choose from among many quality, local caterers – from BBQ to sophisticated fare.

3) Layout for Flow for Guests

Do a walk-through of how your guests will flow through your event. Where will they enter and register? Where will they find materials or refreshments? What additional rooms might you need to reserve as overflow, green room, or staging area? Working with experienced event planners like the pros at River’s Edge will help you think through the spaces and added needs you require for your event.

4) Ambiance

Does the venue feel right for your event? Is it professional enough, friendly and welcoming, or up-to-date with the latest technology and amenities? (Bonus: River’s Edge also has a view most other places can’t compete with!)

5) Extra Amenities

These are the things you may not have even thought about! A River’s Edge, we provide the following added amenities: open access to Wi-Fi for a fee, seating and stage arrangements, access to more than 1,500 parking stalls within a four block area and 700 parking stalls connected to the facility by a skyway system, and more.

For more information or to reserve the perfect space for your event, contact us!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Highlighting the Recent Tradeshows and Events at River's Edge

There’s nothing like the feeling of sunshine and fresh air, but the Minnesota winter doesn't always agree. We’re in the final stages of the cold stuff and ready to get back out there again.

While waiting for Winter to end can evoke a feeling similar to watching paint dry, we can still think about all the fun we’ve had in the past few weeks to prepare for sunshine and good times.

With that in mind, we’ve prepared a recap of our events to tide you over for these last few indoor weeks and remind you of all the fun you’ll soon have outdoors!

The Sportsman’s Show

Can you think of anyone in Central Minnesota that doesn’t like the outdoors? Neither can we - especially since it felt like all of Central Minnesota attended last month. The 2018 Sportsman's Show sported the best in fishing boats, tackle, and equipment, as well as campers and trailers. With hunting and fishing seminars and information about the top lodges and campsites in the Midwest and Canada, the attendees went home with smiles and warm thoughts of what’s to come this Spring.

The Saint Cloud Boat Show

If the Sportsman’s show didn’t have the boat you were looking for, the Saint Cloud Boat Show certainly did. This free event boasted watercraft from Minnesota’s largest dealers and everything that could come along with it. From the small canoes to the giant cruisers, this event had enough boats to make you forget it was cold outside - even though it took place in the heart of February. 

The RV Camp and Travel Expo

If water isn’t your thing, the RV Camp and Travel Expo was probably right up your alley. Pleasureland RV has been hosting the event since 1971. Even if Camping and traveling aren’t your style, everyone seemed to appreciate a day to stretch their legs a bit while looking at an impressive display of interesting booths, info, and camping equipment. 

The Central MN Farm Show

Do you like farming and agriculture? Seeing what goes into your meals can be interesting – whether it’s your profession or not. At the end of February, the Central MN Farm show showed their attendants hospitality, offering a variety of free giveaways and refreshments, as well as educational seminars, and even offering scholarships.

No matter what you’re into, we all have one thing in common – especially around this time of year; We want to be outside. If you were able to attend these events, we hope you had a great time!

If you’re still looking for a break from the cold, check out the MN Amature Baseball Hall Of Fame to get amped up for the spring season and stay tuned to our calendar for upcoming events.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The January Wedding Expo 2018: A Beautiful Day of Fun!

The first St. Cloud Wedding Expo of the year was held at the River’s Edge Convention Center on January 14th and had over 90 wedding professionals in attendance!

We’d like to express a very big thank you to all the exhibitors and couples that came out to join us. We met so many fabulous couples and had an absolute blast! From florists to calligraphers to photographers, the St. Cloud Wedding Expo is the largest in the Central Minnesota area.

River’s Edge Convention Center was transformed to an ethereal collection of booths and vendors who welcomed hundreds of brides, grooms, friends, and family members. The atmosphere was not only excited, but elegant, feminine, and fun.

Dozens of professionals were on hand from all corners of Minnesota to make the details of any wedding come alive. Represented were vendors for everything from catering, baking, venues, photography – even Paintball for bachelor and bachelorette parties. Truly something for everyone.

A highlight of the expo is the runway show of gorgeous wedding fashion, including bridal gowns, menswear, and bridesmaid fashions. Lots of lace, sequins, and voluminous skirts were on show for brides and grooms looking for that personal inspiration.

The next wedding expo will be held this fall; look to our Facebook page for more information.

For anyone planning their wedding day, River’s Edge Convention Center is a memorable venue for weddings of all sizes. We partner with several options for caterers, decorators, and liquor suppliers for your specific wedding ideas. As our name implies, we are located along the beautiful Mississippi River, offering spectacular views for your special day. Find out more, or contact us to find out if your date is available!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Coming Soon: Exciting Events Coming to the Convention Center

Winter can put a damper on fun. Some days, many of us Midwesterners want to do nothing but stay indoors and snuggle up.

Shield yourself from the bitter cold by enjoying a variety of events with us in downtown St. Cloud. Have a look below to learn more about our upcoming events in February.

30th Annual 2018 St. Cloud Sportsmen's Show

Central Minnesota’s favorite Sportsmen’s show is returning to St. Cloud the weekend of February 9th -11th! This is a fun event for the whole family and a great opportunity to learn more about top-of-the-line resorts, lodges, and camps in the Midwest, as well as Canada.

Looking for a new fishing boat? Or maybe a new camper? All the best dealers in the area will be there with competitive boat and RV show pricing, in addition to the latest and greatest in fishing and camping technology. Finally, you’ll have access to fishing and hunting seminars.

St. Cloud Boat Show

Get a head start on a summer full of fun and see the best of the Midwest’s inventory of new boats, pontoons, jet skis, canoes, lifts, docks, swimming rafts, the latest gear, and more. Not only is this a great event for experienced boaters, but it’s also a great event for those who are new to the lifestyle; you’ll find boats for every style, activity, and budget.

The St. Cloud Boat Show will run all weekend February 16-18 and, best of all, admission is FREE! For more information, visit their website here.

Camp & Travel Expo

Whether you’re an avid camper or not, the Camp and Travel Expo is sure to get you excited for the 2018 camping season! This year’s show is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever before even more vendors, as well as some of the best seminars and workshops in the industry!

St. Cloud’s local PleasureLand RV Center is organizing this 4-day event. A wide range of products and services related to camping and the outdoors will be showcased, in addition to a long list of camper trailers, RVs, tents, and more!

Central Minnesota Farm Show

This year’s Central Minnesota Farm Show will feature over 200 vendors and will last 3 full days from February 27th - March 1st. Not only will there be countless free prize drawings, but there will also be free seminars and topic discussions every day (click here to see the seminar schedule). The Farm Show offers all of this and so much more!

As you can see, February is shaping up to be an exciting month of events here at the River’s Edge Convention Center. We sure hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

River’s Edge Holds Wild Country 99 CMA Awards Party

Early in November, the River’s Edge Convention Center played host to the Wild Country 99 CMA Awards party. Gilleland Chevrolet along with Bud Light and The Great Blue Heron rolled out the red (or yellow) carpet on Wednesday, November 8th.

As Country Music’s Biggest Night of Winning took place in Nashville, Tennessee, guests at the River’s Edge Convention Center enjoyed great food thanks to The Great Blue Heron and Ice Cold Bud Light!

The party was free to attend, but tickets were only available to those who listened to Wild Country 99 and joined the official ticket drops around Central Minnesota.

Besides great food and beverages, guests were entertained with live music from Mitch Gordon & the Unleaded Band. The band is popular around the Central Minnesota Country music scene. You can listen to their single, “One Go Around” on their website.

You can’t host a CMA party without a stock of beautiful cowboy boots! Thanks again to Kevin from The Boot Shack supplying some world-class boots for the event.

Many fun games and contests were held during the event. Pictured is the winner of the $1,000 diamond pendant from Riddle's Jewelry in St. Cloud after searching a cake using just his face!

We’d like to thank Wild Country 99 for hosting such a fun event this year. We’re looking forward to next year’s event!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Navigating The Event: Getting To Know River’s Edge Convention Center Layout

If you are new to River’s Edge Convention Center, our large facility can be daunting. However, once you understand our building's layout, the organization and flow, as well as the convenient access to parking, hotels, and restaurants, you will be able to navigate the event you are attending with ease.

Here is an overview of what to expect when you visit River’s Edge Convention Center.

Large Meeting Spaces

There are four halls, with twenty four foot ceiling height, offering multiple convention options. These can be configured into 60,000 square feet of continuous space if necessary, depending on the size of the event.

Immediately upon entering the main lobby, you will see the Terry Haws Centers A and B. Following east around the granite stairwell will be Terry Haws C. Off on its own at the opposite end of the building is Glenn Carlson Hall. Each area of large meeting space has its own catering kitchen and multiple sets of bathrooms.

Smaller Spaces For Meetings and Receptions

The River’s Edge Convention Center offers multiple smaller suites that have flexible walls to accommodate everything from business meetings to holiday parties.

The Herberger Suite on the second floor is a popular choice for wedding receptions as the space has wall to wall windows overlooking the Mississippi River. This suite can be broken into five smaller sections when desired. Also on the second floor are the Wilson and Stockinger Suites giving a multitude of options for event size and accommodations. The Opportunities Suite on the first floor east of the Glenn Carlson Hall is perfect for thirty to one hundred and eighty people.

Unique Sights

A few unique features should land on your to-do list when visiting the convention center for the first time. Walking towards the river on the first floor, you will come to Riverview Commons. A large and comfortable lobby awaits with stunning views of the Mississippi River. There is also a beautiful balcony and patio area you can go outside to enjoy some fresh air.

On the second floor, do not miss the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in the Mezzanine hallway area. If you love baseball, you will enjoy looking back at the history of America's favorite pastime and it is free to visit.

Click to access black and white blueprints of River’s Edge Convention Center's layout for you to print and have on hand. We are excited to see you and hope you enjoy our facility!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Highlights of Upcoming Events At The River’s Edge Convention Center

Soak up the last of fall enjoying downtown St. Cloud at one of the River's Edge Convention Center's great events. You can stay up-to-date with all the happenings coming up by subscribing to our event calendar. Here are some opportunities this October and November to attend!

St. Cloud Junk Junktion - October 27-28

Do you love re-purposed or rustic furniture? Have you keyed into the farmhouse design trend? Modern Barnyard, The Rusty Pick, and Bumbledee's present the St. Cloud Junk Junktion where you can find trendy and vintage items to decorate your home. Buy online tickets which are good for both days of the market and save money by purchasing in advance!

Kids & Parents Expo - October 28

The 13th Annual Kids and Parents Expo is the perfect family fun event! Join us at the River’s Edge Convention Center for trick or treating, bounce houses, laser tag, Halloween art, and spooky surprises. Do not forget to dress up in your costumes!

Fall Fun Fest - October 31

If you are looking to spend your Halloween safe and warm indoors, bring the family to Fall Fun Fest. The event runs from 6-9 pm and features tons of fun activities like drama shows, puppets, candy, games, prizes, and more!

Annual Caddybeth Craft & Gift Show - November 4

The Caddybeth Craft and Gift Show has developed a reputation as being one of the best and widely known craft shows in the Midwest! If you are interested in joining to sell your craft as a vendor or you are interested in purchasing handmade crafts to use as Christmas presents this year, join us from 9 am – 3 pm November 4th.

Granite City Train Show - November 11

Do you have a train lover in your family? Treat the kids to the Granite City Train Show where they can see many model trains, antique toys, railroad collectibles and memorabilia - and maybe even win a LIONEL train set! Children 10 and under are FREE! Visit the website for more information.

Made In MN Expo - November 18

The perfect time to shop for Christmas gifts is at the Made in MN Expo from 10 am to 4 pm on November 18th. Peruse hundreds of vendors who make their products in our great state and shop local, small businesses! There is free admission to the public. If you are interested in becoming a vendor and sell products that you made right here in Minnesota, click here.

These great events will come and go before you know it, so be sure to mark your calendar! Do not miss these opportunities to shop interesting products, learn a little something, and have lots of family fun at the River’s Edge Convention Center!