Tours Set for ASI Annual Convention

Start making plans now for the tours you'd like to attend during the 2018 American Sheep Industry Association Annual Convention in San Antonio. There will be four tours offered at the convention, including:
  • Nugget International/Hillingdon Ranch, Wednesday, Jan. 31 (limit: 50): $75 per person: Get a first-hand look at what makes a premium pelt premium as you observe Nugget International's process of making finished shearling products. Follow pelts from the raw material stage through to the finished product. A visit to Hillingdon Ranch and a barbecue lunch will follow.
  • Hillingdon Ranch, Wednesday, Jan. 31 (limit: 50): $50 per person: Located in the Texas Hill Country between Comfort and Fredericksburg, Hillingdon Ranch has been managed by the same family for 130 years. Registered Angus cattle, fine wool sheep, Angora goats, and whitetail deer are tools of managing the native plants adapted to Hillingdon Ranch. Hillingdon Ranch is operated by Robin Giles; his wife, Carol; their son, Grant; and Grant's wife, Misty. A barbecue lunch will be provided.
  • Sizzling Hot San Antonio, Thursday, Feb. 1 (min: 20/max: 38): $75 per person: Discover the sites, sounds and flavors of San Antonio on a privately chartered barge ride down the infamous Riverwalk. Nothing defines San Antonio quite like The Battle for Texas: The Experience as you relive the 13-day siege of The Alamo. Enjoy a walk through the Historic Menger Hotel before heading to the Alamo.
  • Viva Botanica, Friday, Feb. 2 (min: 20/max: 38): $60 per person: The Japanese Tea Gardens located in Brackenridge Park have been restored to their original splendor: the formal gardens, sweeping limestone cliffs and lush pathways are a delightful respite. Visitors are greeted by a covered gazebo and breathtaking view of the garden and towering waterfall. The El Mercado, or Historic Market Square, is the next stop. It is the largest Mexican-style market place outside of Mexico.
Information on convention registration and tours mailed out this week, so keep an eye out for those brochures.