February 14, 2014
Congress announces best booth winners for 2014
BOT Aggregates of Orillia, Ont., took home the prize for the best booth between 100 and 400 sq,. ft. The Fred Flintstone-type car drew a great deal of attention.
Gro-Bark (Ontario) of Waterloo took home the top booth award, the Paul J. Day Best of Show Award at this year’s Congress.

The company’s display featured raised bins of products, allowing visitors to interact with sales staff on a soft, mulched surface. The company’s well-lit identity was suspended above. Keith Osborne of Gro-Bark credited Kerri Stevenson as the marketing genius behind the booth design.

The Heavy Equipment category was won by Kubota Canada, Markham. Kubota orange dominated the exhibit. Company representatives decked out in colourful outfits invited attendees to play a game on iPads.

Honours for best Small Equipment exhibit went to Excel Industries of Hesston, Kan., manufacturers of Hustler commercial equipment.

Oaks Concrete – Brampton Brick of Brampton, received the award for Best Booth over 400 sq. ft., Excluding Heavy Equipment. Al Van Haaster, with teammates Harvey Jonkmen and Peter Eftimovski, created a design that divided the booth into contemporary/commercial and rustic/residential areas.

BOT Aggregates of Orillia built a Fred Flintstone-type car out of its products. BOT’s display was named Best 100-400 sq. ft. Booth, Excluding Heavy Equipment.

Winner of the Best Booth under 100 sq. ft. award was Millgrove Perennials of Millgrove.

The LO Best Promotion winner went to Stone-Link Corp, Woodbridge. The Canadian Fence Industry Association - Fencecraft - Best Booth winner was Clotures Oasis, Lachute, Que.

Judges this year were Deborah Dugan of Conexsys Registration and Lee Ann Knudsen of Landscape Ontario. Winners are judged on a set of pre-determined criteria, including design, visual impact and quality of construction.

Show manager Heather MacRae said, “Distinguishing your booth from the other amazing displays takes a special effort. It’s always a difficult choice selecting the best booth winners. Vendors who participate in the show deserve to be recognized for the time and effort that gets put into not only making their booth special, but also making Congress a better show.”