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!

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Wedding Expo is coming to Saint Cloud!

It is that time of year again! The bi-annual Saint Cloud Wedding Expo is to be held on September 24th at the River’s Edge Convention Center. If you just got engaged this summer or are planning to get engaged soon, join us as vendors provide all types of service imaginable for your dream wedding! If you miss out, you will have to wait until January 14th for the next one. Here is a preview of just a few of the 90 vendors you will find at the expo!

A local favorite, Cold Spring Bakery will be there with a lot of gorgeous ideas for your perfect wedding cake. Stop by the booth and check if there are any samples!

Located downtown Saint Cloud in the Regency building, Mantra Salon and Spa is a chic and relaxing place to get your bridesmaids all dolled up the big day. They specialize in weddings and will make you look stunning for the most important day of your life!

An elegant limousine ride can take stress away from planning wedding-day transportation, and can be a great way to sneak in some relaxation time with your bridal party. Plus - who doesn’t want to arrive in style?

A long-time favorite of the Saint Cloud locals, Carrie Johnson is one of the best places to go get your formal wear. Their top-notch customer service and limitless options will ensure you find a jaw dropping wedding dress, as well as the perfect duds for all your wedding party.

The choice of photography can be overwhelming. You want your photos to be unique and really capture the authentic love between two people. Consider Todd Myra Photography, a highly reviewed professional whose photography is creative and affordable!

As you can see, there is a lot of knowledge and fun to be had at the Saint Cloud Wedding Expo September 24th. Just purchasing a ticket to this premier event enters you to win prizes valued at thousands of dollars! This is an event you do not want to miss! RSVP to the Facebook event or find out more information on the website.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Questions You Need to Ask When Choosing a Wedding Venue

Your big day is right around the corner! Choosing a partner for the rest of your life can be nerve-racking enough – adding wedding planning to the mix can be enough to put some over the edge. Knowing the right questions to ask when booking a venue can help you enormously.

We have put together a few questions to ask when booking and planning your dream wedding venue.

The Date

When choosing a venue, the calendar can be a deal-breaking factor in deciding on a venue. Some venues are in high demand and book quickly for certain months, so this should be the very first question you ask.

The Guests

Yes, this day is all about you and your soon-to-be spouse, but having your family and friends there is a huge part in making this day special. Asking about the location of the venue and how many guests it allows is on our top lists of important questions to ask. A venue that accommodates the guests you want and an easy to find location with available lodging can be a determining factor.

The River’s Edge Convention Center has many banquet rooms for parties big and small, as well as a convenient location with many food and lodging choices for those out of town guests.

The Food and Drinks

Choosing a catering company that fits your wants and needs is another important aspect of planning a wedding. Most venues have a list of catering companies and liquor options that they allow. Some venues have more than others, and some have very limited options, and some host food and beverage services in-house. An extensive list of licensed caterers with many different types of food and drink options is desirable in a wedding venue.

The D├ęcor

Whether you have expensive tastes or are a matrimonial minimalist, decorating is always an important aspect of a wedding. If you plan to bring your own decorations or hire a company, asking about the process of decorating a venue is a need-to-know. Some venues have a list of suggested professional decorators to help you in your decorating decisions.

The Equipment

Everyone needs a place to sit, stand, and (most importantly) dance. Available equipment options are important, as well as their prices. Think about the visual and sound equipment needed as well. The River’s Edge Convention Center has an ample list of equipment and prices to look at as well.

Overall, everyone hopes their big day will go as smoothly as possible. Creating a memorable and enjoyable wedding doesn't have to be hard or stressful. Asking the right questions and getting the right information about your venue can help the process.

For more information on The River’s Edge Convention Center and what they offer for weddings, visit our website.

Monday, July 24, 2017

5 Trends to Help you Create the Event of the Year

The event world around us is constantly changing. With the number of creative event ideas getting more and more elaborate each year, it’s hard to keep up with and create an event that stands out from others.

Apart from creative ideas booming, distractions are also a consideration to take into play as you plan an event. With the number of apps and devices consuming the audience’s attention, it can be difficult to execute a memorable and captivating event. To help you create an amazing event this year, we have put together the top five trends we think will help.

1. The Smaller, The More Intimate

Smaller, more intimate events have come into a bright light this year. Creating an environment that is more focused and specialized helps engage the audience and creates a group of people engaged in the topic at hand. When you plan a smaller event, this also opens the door to a more personalized experience as you go in knowing your audience and what they expect to get out of your event.

Another positive attribute of having a smaller audience is the chance to learn and connect with each other. A smaller group causes attendees to feel more engaged and tuned-in, and also give them a more comfortable setting to connect with the speaker and other audience members.

2. Beneficial Break Time

Breaks are important and almost necessary during an event, so creating a break time that is beneficial to you and the audience is a bonus. During a break, you might consider bringing in local food, culture, etc. for the guests to enjoy and interact with. This type of easy, laid back environment during a break also creates opportunities for networking amongst your audience and gives them a chance to discuss and interact with one another.

3. Encouraged Participation

This is a crucial point in creating a worthwhile and beneficial event. As the use of keynote speakers declines, the idea of “learning sessions” will come more into play. During these types of engagements, both speaker and audience share the limelight and the feeling of a useful discussion in which everyone learns from one another. Giving the participants a chance to be a part of the event also takes away from the constant distraction of a cell phone, tablet, or laptop.

4. Positivity

Creating an event with a positive message while leaving your audience with a positive feeling afterward is important. One of the ways to boost a feeling of acceptance and positivity in your event is through diversity. Try and incorporate people who don’t represent the stereotypical “man in a suit” figure. This can allow people who don’t fit that character to feel comfortable attending and participating at your event. Show the audience that you care about them and that it isn’t just an event to inform or create business. Mentioning giving back to a community or how to “go green” are good ways to do this.


Technology is probably the largest subject to focus on when conducting an event. From creating a live stream to using smartphones as tools, technology can largely benefit your event. An event that uses the integration of technology can upgrade the audience experience and makes it so audiences are more likely to attend again. Other uses of technology are real-time notifications and interactive apps. Using these techniques converts your cell phone from being a distraction to being a beneficial and positive tool.

With the use of these five tips, your event can be more engaging, beneficial, and successful. Through the use of smaller sizes, break times, participation, positivity, and technology, you can create the event that keeps everyone talking and wanting more.

If you’re looking for the perfect space to hold an event of any size, look to the River’s Edge Convention Center in downtown St. Cloud.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Leverage Technology to Enhance Your Events and Meetings

The days of shuffling papers and handouts at your meeting may be coming to an end. If you’re in the tech industry or wish to be seen as cutting-edge, this especially applies to you. Get new technology working for you at your next event, and make a great—and modern—impression on your attendees.

Event Planning Apps and Software

As you’re beginning to plan your schedule and organize your event, try using an event app. Not only do these apps help you keep track of attendees, keep your materials in one place (like the ever-changing schedule and speaker lineup), but they also offer attendee-facing functionality. Your guests can access the most up-to-date schedule, see presentation decks, and even arrange private networking meetings with fellow attendees. Try Pathable, Whova, or EventsXD for help.

Seating Charts & Floor Plans

Many of the above services will do these for you, but it’s worth calling out that you can ditch the post-its and whiteboard maps you’ve been using to plan your seating or floor plan. This can be one of the most daunting parts of event planning, so check out Social Tables or other sites that will help you stop dreading the map.

Create Your Own Event App

There are several available options for creating your own app for your event. It’s a chance to provide attendees with everything they’ll need before, during, and after the event, while making sure their materials are up-to-date, shareable, and paperless. Plus, many services will turn your event app into a webpage as well.

Social Media

Prep for your event by leveraging Social Media on as many platforms as you can. Create a hashtag for the event and begin running social posts and social ads that lead to your event page. #AmazingConference2017

Internet Access

Your presenters and your attendees will expect wi-fi service that is fast and secure. We recommend using the network at River’s Edge Convention Center to avoid any problems.

Take Advantage of Mobile Devices in the Audience

In the past, guests have been asked to turn off mobile devices during presentations. But it’s important to remember that there may be benefits to guests taking photos, videos, posting to social media (using your hashtag of course), live streaming, and more. Don’t be afraid to encourage guests to post, tweet, and even text key take-aways out to colleagues.

Ask Your Audience

One fantastic way to make use of all those devices is through real-time audience engagement. Although you may still want to hear from audience members and answer their questions while looking in their eye, there may be moments when an audience poll or vote could add another dimension to your presentation. Audience Response Systems (ARS) like Turning Technologies, Join Speaker, or mQlicker can help keep your guests interested and involved right from their seats.

PowerPoint Alternatives

We hate to say it, but it’s time to look beyond PowerPoint for your presentations. Make a more modern impression, and share your impressive presentation with your audience. Here are a few suggestion lists of PowerPoint alternatives.

We look forward to helping you plan your next St. Cloud event at the River’s Edge Convention Center. Whether you’ve got paper handouts or the latest custom app, we’ll help make your event shine.