There was a celebratory mood at this year”s PestTech held in its usual venue, the National Motorcycle Museum, on 6 November. The organisers, NPTA, had asked all the exhibitors to join-in the birthday fun to celebrate the 21 years of PestTech events. The result was balloons, raffles, a tombola, various competitions and even the opportunity to try your hand at pontoon.
Twenty one years it might be, (read all about the early years in our Pest Tech comes of age article) but PestTech this year was as popular as ever. Unfortunately there were delays on the surrounding motorways and some visitors complained of long journey times, but this may well have worked the event’s advantage, as there was a steady flow of visitors throughout the day – rather than the bottleneck which can occur in the morning. Whilst there was still more than enough visitors to keep everyone happy, the consensus of opinion was that numbers were slightly down.
PestTech or PestEx?
Overall the day followed its usual format. As soon as the doors opened at 09.00 visitors flooded in. With the same three rooms full-to-capacity with exhibitors, it takes some determination to visit them all. It was for this reason of not trying to cram too much into the day, that NPTA decided to scale-back on the number of seminars held. To see if this was successful read our Was less, more feature.
Rodenticides discussed at the workshop
At Pest publications we were delighted to present our fourth annual Best Product Award 2013 during PestTech. Voted for by Pest readers, XL8, manufactured by County Down-based Lance Lab, took the top award. In what was a closely fought battle, Formidor ant bait from BASF Pest Control Solutions took second place with Bell Laboratories” Detex non-tox soft bait in a very creditable third place. Read about the Best Product award here.
Outdoor events suffered from the bad weather
But shooting range popular
Dancing the night away
Breaking away from the tradition of after dinner speakers, cover artists for Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin graced the stage, bringing to life the classics of The Rat Pack. Two scantily dressed show girls strutted their stuff, to the delight of the male members of the audience, before guests also took to the floor. The most memorable being diminutive Irish Brendan dancing with extra tall Jackie from PestWest – good sports both.
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