The 31st Annual Best in the West Drill and Blast Conference was held April 18-20, 2018, in Spearfish, South Dakota. The Black Hills and Northern Plains Chapters would like to thank all the corporate sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and attendees for making it a fun and successful event!
The 32nd Annual Conference will be April 24-26, 2019, in Spearfish, South Dakota.We look forward to seeing you again! Registration for the 2019 conference is underway!
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.