Reconnect at the Networking Reception

The networking reception at the Citrus, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Expo is sure to be a highlight of the event. Josh McGill, show director, believes the reception provides the perfect opportunity for growers and exhibitors to make personal connections and reconnect face to face.

The reception became a tradition at the 25th annual Citrus Expo with the “Citrus Expo Shindig.” Since adding vegetable and specialty crop growers to the mix, McGill is excited to keep the tradition going. On Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 3:30 p.m., the trade show hall will come to life with music, appetizers and an open bar.

Exhibitors are welcome to set up interactive activities (cornhole, ladder ball, etc.) at their booths during this time.

After a busy day of walking the trade show and listening to seminars, the reception provides a venue for attendees and exhibitors to catch up in a laid-back setting.

“The reception will be a great time to bring our exhibitors and growers together, giving them time for networking, fellowship and seeing some people they might not be able to see regularly,” McGill says.

The FFA raffle will also take place during the networking reception. One lucky winner will take home a state-of-the-art backyard smoker, donated by Hays LTI. Be sure to look for an FFA officer on the trade show floor on Wednesday to purchase raffle tickets.

The Citrus, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Expo would like to thank the networking reception sponsors: Howell Oil, Florida Coast Equipment, AgOtter and Aerobotics.

The 2021 Citrus, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Expo will take place Aug. 18–19 at the Lee Civic Center in North Fort Myers, Florida. Preregistration is now open! All preregistered growers will be eligible for a chance to win a John Deere gun safe, courtesy of Everglades Equipment Group. To preregister, click here or call 352-671-1909.

Due to a staggering amount of support, the Expo is sold out of indoor exhibitor space, but there are outdoor booths available. If you would like to exhibit outdoors or be added to the waiting list for an indoor space, please fill out a registration form.

To learn more about the event, including host hotel information, visit