The Mid-America Christmas Tree Association (MACT) summer meeting that was to be hosted in July 2020 by Dull's Tree Farm near Thorntown, Indiana has been postponed until July 23-24, 2021 due to the pandemic. The Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for all the work that ICTGA Director Dana Dull and Donna Cackler, MACT Executive Administrator, have done in planning the MACT meeting. We also would like to thank Tom and Kerry Dull, as well as Lucas Dull, for all their efforts in preparing their farm for this event. We look forward to 2021 and an exciting MACT meeting at Dull's Tree Farm.
The Great Lakes Christmas Tree Virtual Meeting and Trade Show will feature a live webinar series where industry specialists will cover topics from taxes and marketing to shearing and pest management. Leading experts from Michigan State University Extension will highlight the latest in Christmas tree production and farm management. As COVID-19 continues to change ‘business as usual’, Christmas tree farms will also need to adapt this holiday season. Find out how others will be preparing their farms in light of these changes. The webinar program will be live July 30 and 31, 2020, from 8:45 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. EST. The registration fee is $100 per farm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/VirtualSummerMeeting.
On June 4, 2020, The Indiana State Fair Commission and the Indiana State Fair Board announced that the Indiana State Fair will not take place in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Indiana State Fair Commission chairman Brad Chambers said the commission sought other options as vendors and key partners began to cancel. Plans are in place to hold a modified 4-H Livestock Show and additional activities in August, according to a press release. For more information on the State Fair 4-H Livestock Show, 4-H projects, and an updated FAQ resource, visit IndianaStateFair.com. This, of course, means that there will be no ICTGA exhibit at the fair this year.