OPTIONAL EVENTS

AFSA40 Golf tournament

Canyons Course of TPC San Antonio

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Host to the Valero Texas Open, TPC San Antonio is an experience of a lifetime. AFSA is excited to host the AFSA40 golf tournament at the Canyons Course of TPC San Antonio. This course stands on its own as a tournament venue in terms of design, strategy, and Texas Hill Country beauty. The course played host to PGA TOUR Champions’ San Antonio Championship from 2011-2015. Test your skill on this 18-hole Pete Dye-designed championship course, measuring 7,106 yards with a Par 72 challenge for scratch golfers and novices alike with dramatic elevation changes. Corridors provide panoramic views of a 700-acre nature preserve. The AFSA40 golf tournament is a four-person team scramble with contests for longest drive and closest to the pin for both men and women. Golf clubs are available for rent. Your golf registration includes a boxed breakfast and two drink tickets.


COSTS: $275 per person (Includes tax and gratuity.)



AFSA40 Opening Party

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

AFSA40 kicks off with an opening party to celebrate AFSA members’ 40 years of growth, professional advancement, and the pursuit of excellence. This festive event features live music performed by London Calling, a nine-piece Austin band, entertaining the audience with music from the last 40 years. Enjoy food, drinks, and dancing with your AFSA family at the outdoor River Bend Pavilion located within the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort. Attire is business casual.

Band Picture



Fredericksburg Wine Tour

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Join us as we tour the Texas Hill Country in comfort and style. Your host will transport you to three of the top wineries in and around Fredericksburg, Texas, where you will enjoy reserved-time tastings of approximately five to six wines at each venue. Your host has curated a collection of vineyards and tasting rooms that never disappoint. We can't wait to see which is your favorite. This tour also includes lunch in the quaint town of Fredericksburg, home to authentic German cuisine.

Picture of Grapes



NextGen Mixer

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

NextGen invites you to attend the NextGen Initiative (NGI) Mixer. Enjoy the last days of summer outdoors while engaging in an hour of connected conversation with other attendees. Join us to network and create lasting relationships with industry peers. RSVP at time of registration.

nextGen Mixer



Exhibits & Apprentice Competition

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

The National Apprentice Competition is AFSA’s flagship event, held every year in the AFSA Exhibition Hall. This event showcases the “best of the best” in the industry, beginning with a nationwide exam. The top seven apprentices advance to the national competition. There, they will cut, thread, and install a miniature wet pipe system complete with sprinklers and a pressure test — all on display to a packed exhibit hall crowd. The winner with the highest combined points on the onsite written test and practical install will receive top honors and a $5,000 cash award! Come and find out in person who will be the next national apprentice winner! The competition aims to raise the profile and recognition of skilled fire sprinkler apprentices and highlight how vitally important the technical craft of installation is to the success of our industry. Established in 1994, the AFSA National Apprentice Competition is dedicated to strengthening and growing skilled apprentices through higher education, advocacy, and industry promotion.

Apprentice Competiton



AFSA40 Annual Apprentice Awards Party

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

The AFSA Apprentice Awards Party will be an experience you will never forget. This evening event will be at the Knibbe Ranch, a real Texas working ranch. A steady lineup of live country music complete with Texas line dancing will keep you on your feet. Or, if cognac and cigars by campfire is more your style, we've got you covered. Otherwise, participate in the armadillo race – form a team and encourage your LIVE Texas armadillo to cross the finish line first! There is something for everyone at this event. Once you've worked up an appetite, enjoy a delicious Texas-sized steak cooked to perfection on an outdoor grill prepared by master culinary chefs. The highlight of the evening will be the crowning of the newest National Apprentice Competition champion! The evening ends with a magnificent fireworks display to mark AFSA's 40th anniversary. Attire is casual, boots and jeans preferred.

Fireworks