After monitoring the projected COVID status, work schedules, fall events and other conferences, it was decided to cancel the Best in the West Conference for 2021. Please make plans to attend the 2022 Best in the West Conference on April 20, 21 & 22, 2022, in Spearfish, South Dakota. Special welcome back events are being planned!
What is the Best in the West?
The annual Best in the West Drill and Blast Conference is an intensive three day event that brings together mining companies, drilling and blasting suppliers, and government agencies. The focus is networking, innovation, safety, and government regulation.
The conference has grown over the past several years to include over 300 registrants and 40 supplier booths. People attend from across the country. Many are employed right here in the region, but don't be surprised to see some from another country.
The revenue made from the conference goes to fund our aggressive scholarship programs. Currently the Best in the West Conference has provided students from a seven state area over $100,000 in scholarships over the past 20 years.
The highlight of the Best in the West conference is the scholarship benefit auction. All donations made to the scholarship auction help tremendously in the effort of raising scholarship money. If you have an auction item of some value, you are more than welcome to donate it to the auction. This event is a good time had by all.
Various door prizes such as hats, shirts, etc..., are greatly appreciated as well. These items can have your company logo on them for additional market exposure. Typically, items with a value of less than $30 are given away as a door prize with donor being recognized.