The judge training seminar will begin at 5pm on Wednesday, April 19th. Please consult the preliminary schedule for tentative timings for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday events.

The host hotel is the Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown. Book your room in our discounted block at Last year the block filled up quickly! All judging will take place at the Courtyard.

Grand Rapids is served by Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR). The host hotel does not provide a shuttle service to/from the airport. Please see the Ground Transportation page for options.

Experience Grand Rapids is the official Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

Food and drink options within walking distance of the Courtyard include Madcap CoffeeHopCat, and Founders BrewingVander Mill is a few miles from the host hotel and is certainly worth a visit. The Green Well and Brewery Vivant are popular options in the East Hills neighborhood. This Grand Rapids City Guide from The Midwestival has many other great suggestions for food and drink around town.

Please note that the judging is not open to the general public. Potential volunteers should submit the Volunteer Questionnaire and await confirmation prior to making travel arrangements.