Guest Connection

The 2024 SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition isn’t just for scaffold and access industry professionals – it’s also an opportunity for their guests to attend and experience the event and host city!



 9:00 a.m.  Coffee with the Concierge
 5 - 7 p.m.                Welcome Reception with Exhibitors


 8 - 9 a.m.  Breakfast (SAIA Café)
 10:45 a.m.  Meet in SAIA Café for Tour Departure
 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*  Guest Connection Tour (details below)
 5 - 7 p.m.  Reception with Exhibitors


 8 - 9 a.m.  Breakfast (SAIA Café)
 11:15 a.m.  Meet in SAIA Café for Tour Departure
 11:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.    Guest Connection Tour (details below)
 6 - 7:30 p.m.  President's Gala Reception
 7:30  - 9 p.m.  President's Gala Dinner & Awards
 9 - 11 p.m.  President's Gala After Party


 8 - 10 a.m.  Farewell Breakfast                 

Overall Schedule subject to change.


Wednesday Tour, October 2, 2024:

Argo Mill Tour (total time 3.75 hrs)
Situated in Historic Idaho Springs in the heart of Colorado Gold Country sits the Mighty Argo Mill and Tunnel, one of the most striking and prominent Heritage Landmarks in the American West. The Argo is a central character in the story of the Colorado gold rush and remains one of the largest, most well-preserved historic gold mills in the world.

Here’s what to expect:

  • 10:45AM - Meet in SAIA Café: Guests will meet in the SAIA Café 15 minutes before shuttle departure time.
  • 11:00AM - Departure from hotel: A box lunch will be provided that guests can enjoy onboard during the 45-minute journey.
  • 12-2PM - Argo Mill Tour:
    • Watch a short video about the history of the Argo Mill and Tunnel
    • Bus up to the Argo Tunnel where you will be guided by a professional able to answer questions while you embark on a 150-foot journey into the tunnel.
    • Tour the Argo Mill where the guides describe the gold mining process.
    • End the tour with an opportunity to pan for gold with a guarantee you find and take home some real 24-karat gold!
  • 2:15PM - Return to Hotel: Guests will head back to the hotel around 2:15 and be back at the hotel by 3:00PM

What to wear
We strongly recommend guests wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes to the Idaho Springs attractions and to dress as if you are going on a hike: multiple layers for multiple kinds of weather. 

Thursday Tour, October 3, 2024

Mixology Class Competition (must be 21+) (total time 4.25 hrs.)
Join us for an exclusive mixology masterclass. Under the expert guidance of a renowned mixologist, you'll learn hands-on techniques, unlock signature recipes, and engage in interactive learning like never before. This isn't just a cocktail class; it's an unforgettable experience filled with networking opportunities, laughter, and surprises.

Get ready for the excitement of a friendly compition between groups- 15 minute mixology classes consisting of basic cocktail crafting of 3 drinks. It's an event that promises to be both educational and thrilling!

Here’s what to expect:
  • 11:15AM- Meet in SAIA Café- Guests will meet in the SAIA Café 15 minutes before departure time
  • 11:30AM- Short walk to lunch at a nearby restaurant
  • 11:45AM-1PM- Lunch
  • 1PM- Shuttle to Mixology Class
  • 1:30-3:30PM- Competitve Mixology Class
  • 3:30PM - Return to Hotel- Guests will head back to the hotel around 3:30PM and be back at the hotel by 3:45PM