2024 Event Schedule

Our 2024 schedule work is underway! We can’t wait to share all the exciting things coming at our 4th Annual Campground Owners Expo, December 4-7 in Branson, MO! In the meantime, check out these education session highlights we featured last year at the 2023 Campground Owners Expo!

  • Critical Business Checklist – Banking, Legal, Accounting and Insurance leaders give tips on things that could cost you thousands if you don’t already have the proper plans in place!
  • Reputation Defense Learn what to do about negative reviews online and how to present your park in a positive way!
  • Marketing Expertise: How to communicate to customers with no time or attention! – Everyone has the world at their fingertips, but no time to dig in. Join Mark Koep from CampgroundViews.com to chat about how to adapt to this reality and profit off it by engaging, informing and communicating!
  • Turn Your Waterfront into a Revenue Stream and Maximize your ROI – Industry veteran, Jen Rice of WhoaZone will show you how to create a captivating and profitable waterfront venture by expanding your waterfront experience to serve day-use guests.

General Overview of the 2024 COE Schedule:

Wednesday December 4 – Education/Networking/Expo Day

  • 8:00 to 8:45a – Welcome/Opening Session
  • 9:00a to 12:30p – Educational Seminars
  • 1:00 to 5:00p – Expo Hall Open – Paid lunch available 12:30-2:00pm – Cash bar available during the entirety of today’s expo!
  • 5:00 to 6:00p – Networking Bingo! Ballroom and cash bar will stay open until 7pm for more networking time! Grab your networking bingo card – mingle around the room to chat with other attendees and see what squares you can mark off! A great opportunity to make new friends/connections on the first day of COE! Get at least two ‘bingos’ and turn your card in by 2pm on Thursday for a chance to win $1,000 to spend at the expo!

Thursday December 5 – Cracker Barrel/Expo Day

  • 9:00 to 10:00a – Cracker Barrel sessions – Kickoff the day with some fun and informative cracker barrel sessions! Different rooms and topics will be offered so you can choose the topic that interests you the most! These sessions will be led by moderators so they stay on topic and are valuable for your time!
  • 10:00a to 3:00p – Expo Hall is open – you had the night to think things over, use today to finish up your business/purchases with the exhibitors!
  • 3:00 to 6:00p – Evening Program/Dinner – included in your registration! Exhibitors are included as well! We have a fun new format for this night we think you’ll enjoy!
    • 3:00pm – Networking games – get to know even more of your peers here at COE!
    • 4:00pm – Awards, recognition, some giveaway drawings, and a NEW exhibitor charity auction! Bid on items donated by our expo exhibitors – things a campground owner is sure to love! 
    • 5:00pm – Dinner served with a short keynote speaker so you have time for more networking! The ballroom and cash bar will remain open until 7pm!

Friday December 6 – Full Education/’Behind The Scenes’ Day

  • 9:00a to 12:30p – Educational Seminars
  • 12:30 – 1:30p – Lunch & Learn (separate ticketed event – details coming soon!)
  • 2:00p – End of expo drawings will be drawn and winning tickets will be posted near registration! Even if you don’t attend the ticketed events this afternoon, you can still check to see if you’ve won!
  • 3:00 – 5:00p – Off-Site ‘Behind the Scenes’ Event (ticketed event)
    • Ticket includes a one-hour show by this Branson family-owned-and-operated show, followed by a panel Q&A to learn what it takes to run a long-standing family business, and still want to see each other outside of work! More details and ticket links coming soon!

Saturday December 7 – Half Education/Wrap-Up Day

  • 9:00 to 11:15a – Educational Seminars
  • 11:30a to 12:30p – Event Wrap-up Session – Will include a short cracker barrel to share your best takeaways from COE, and final giveaway drawings!
  • 12:30p – 2024 COE concludes!