2017 SACC National Convention

October 23, 24, 25 and 26, 2017

Westgate River Ranch, Florida

Event Agenda

We expect most of you are, at least, vaguely familiar with Florida.  And, we’re relatively certain that when you do think of Florida, you dream of beautiful blue water, sandy white beaches, spectacular winter weather, Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, NASCAR and, of course, an occasional Hurricane. 


However, there is a part of Florida that most visitors to the state are unfamiliar with and just never see.  That being South Central Florida – home of vast cattle ranches and huge citrus orchards.  This area of Florida takes you back to the time when our cars were new.  When the solid axle cars first roamed the Florida Highways, there were no Interstates and Orlando was a sleepy little winter resort town; and, Mr Disney had not even thought about buying up every available inch of Orange County Florida Real Estate.


The Westgate River Ranch Resort is located on Florida State Route 60 roughly 25 miles East of Lake Wales. Other than the food available at the resort, the closest restaurants are in Lake Wales.  And, while the Resort General Store carries some groceries, the closest full service grocery stores are the Super Walmart, Publix or Winn Dixie located in Lake Wales.  Should you decide to purchase some late-night snacks/beverages to bring with you, there is a coffee maker, refrigerator and microwave in each resort room.  The closest gas station is 15 miles from the Resort.  For convenience, people arriving at the resort from the West should fill their gas tanks in Lake Wales – those arriving from the East should fill up at the Travel Center in Yee Haw Junction.

For those wanting to go “shopping” there is a Super Walmart and a Bealls Outlet in Lake Wales but more and varied shopping opportunities are Winter Haven (40 miles Northwest) and the VF outlet mall in Vero Beach (50 Miles East) – it is a comfortable 45-minute drive to either.


Once you’ve had a chance to look the convention agenda over, we think you’ll agree that we have done our best to keep you busy.  However, this is a Dude Ranch and there are various activities and amenities available which could be of interest to you – should you get your fill of Corvette “stuff” and be looking for something else to occupy your time.  The Ranch is adjacent to the Florida Kicco Wildlife Management area – a good place for a walk and you may see wild hogs or alligators as well as all the Florida Water fowl.  The Resort operates a Trap and Skeet Range, has airboat rides on Lake Kissimmee, Swamp Buggy Rides, a catch and release pond, 9 hole Golf Course, Archery, horseback riding, a mechanical bull, 300 foot Zip Line and Miniature golf.  For those of you staying over an extra day for Friday evening, they hold an actual rodeo complete with barrel racing and bull riding.  On Friday and Saturday nights the Resort Saloon is open with adult beverages, line dancing, live music, and did I mention, adult beverages.


By the way, should you be wondering what to pack for the Florida weather in October.  You can reasonably expect night time low temperatures of the high 60s to low 70s and high daytime temperatures of about 85 degrees – really nice top down cruising weather.  October starts the Florida dry season so, on the average, we get about 2 inches of rain the entire month.


The Convention Agenda follows:

·        22 Oct (Sunday) All day long, Early Attendees and SACC Officers arrive.

·        23 Oct (Monday) 0900 - SACC Officer meeting

·        23 Oct (Monday) 1300 – SACC Officer Meeting with chapter representatives

·        23 Oct (Monday) 1700 – Opening Reception – cash bar

·        23 Oct (Monday) 1800 – Cook Out Dinner

·        24 Oct (Tuesday) 0630 – Breakfast Buffet

·        24 Oct (Tuesday) 0800 – Bus tour to Kennedy Space Center

·        24 Oct (Tuesday) 1615 – Depart KSC for Dixie Crossroads Restaurant

·        24 Oct (Tuesday) 1630 – Dinner at Dixie Cross Roads Restaurant, separate checks

·        24 Oct (Tuesday) 1800 – Depart Dixie Crossroads Restaurant

·        24 Oct (Tuesday) 2000 – Arrive Back at River Ranch

·        25 Oct (Wednesday) 0700 – Breakfast Buffet – Free Time to enjoy Resort Amenities

·        25 Oct (Wednesday) 1230 – Road Tour to Bok Tower and the Gardens in Lake Wales

·        25 Oct (Wednesday) 1310 – Arrive Bok Tower

·        25 Oct (Wednesday) 1600 – Depart Bok Tower for Manny’s Original Chophouse

·        25 Oct (Wednesday) 1615 – Dinner at Manny’s, separate checks

·        25 Oct (Wednesday) 1800 – Depart Manny’s for the Ranch

·        25 Oct (Wednesday) 1845 – Arrive back at the Ranch

·        26 October (Thursday) 0700 – Breakfast Buffet

·        26 October (Thursday) 0900 – Tech Sessions

·        26 October (Thursday) 1130 – Lunch Buffet

·        26 October (Thursday) 1300 – Tech Sessions continue

·        26 October (Thursday) 1600 – Membership Meeting

·        26 October (Thursday) 1700 – Closing, Cash Bar

·        26 October (Thursday) 1800 – Banquet Dinner

·        27 Oct (Friday) Time to go home, see you in California in 2018

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