SummerFest X July 24-26 2008

tenth annual SummerFest was held July 24-26 in Muskegon MI with some events in Grand Rapids MI. A full schedule of activities kept everyone busy but not rushed.
Each year is better than the last and this year was certainly no exception.

Paul Lucas of ChemMax taught a CCT course at a very special SummerFest rate for attendees.

Two days at Nathan Koets rug Plant (Advanced Restoration) for in depth, hands on rug cleaning demonstrations, tips and training.

An impressive tour of Scott Group Custom Carpet Mill where they make custom wool, silk, and cashmere carpets and rugs for the airline and marine industries as well as residential and commercial carpets and rugs. Following the custom carpets from design to the art of hand tufting, to completion was an incredible experience, not easily put into words.

Informative presentations by Shaw’s Cary Mitchell on encapsulation cleaning, Ruth Travis on the IICRC, and Paul Lucas on the history of soap / detergent were also highlights of this years event.

The annual Friday night banquet was packed. Everyone went home with at least one door prize, as well as a roll of Sticky Tabs, a gallon of VacAway and a SummerFest shirt. Grand prize was a 14” Greenhorn wand, winner George Farnworth of Quality Carpet Care Mentor OH.

year’s winners of SummerFest awards for participation and dedication to
bettering the industry and helping make SummerFest a success are:

2008 Man of the Year – K. Mark Kling.

2008 Woman of the Year – Ruth Travis.

Saturday at DSC everyone enjoyed the friendly competition for the 2008 SpotMaster Championship title. This year’s SpotMaster Champions are Jerry Szpak (Commercial Carpet Care Redford MI) and Jerry McMahon (Hawkeye Carpet Care Fort Dodge IA).
Jerry Szpak also the lucky winner of the Rug Badger raffle to help an orphanage in India.

After the tour of DSC Laboratories to see how cleaning products are designed and blended and a spectacular authentic Polish food lunch buffet, DSC shuttled all the attendees to the marina and took everyone sailing.

All three days had equipment, products and methods on display with time for in depth, hands on training.

Great speakers, presentations and tours, the (no suit and tie) atmosphere was relaxed and fun.

Special thanks go out to Mark and Andrechelle Cermak and the SummerFest Committee who put this awesome event together, Scott’s Group, Paul Lucas, Nathan and the Koets’ family, DSC and Mark and the Kling family for your hospitality and generosity.
Thanks also to all who participated and made this event so terrific.

Hope to see you all next year!

SummerFest Committee

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