2019 Guest Program

Guest Program

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Wichita with your Engineer! NACE is providing a wide array of unique activities to keep Delegates' spouses entertained with the best of Wichita while also allowing time for joint social activities including NACE Zoobilee, a joint breakfast with keynote speaker, and the highlight of the week- the NACE Awards Banquet on the final night.

Click here for a special invitation from the "First Lady" of NACE- Ruth Sanders!

Know before you go! The tours will include some walking, so wear comfortable shoes. Mid-April weather in Wichita has lows in the upper 40s and highs in the upper 60s so bring a light jacket and check the weather before you pack! 



While Wichita does make at least one "Top 10 Surprising Foodie City" list, there are more than 1,000 restaurants in Wichita serving up international cuisine, steaks, and sweets-- meaning something for every palette.

During the NACE Conference, there will be plenty of opportunities to taste the best of Wichita both at the conference and through the Guest Program.

The Guest Program includes:

  -  3 Breakfasts: Mon, Tue & Wed
  -  3 Lunches: Mon, Tue & Wed
  -  2 Dinners: Tue & Wed Banquet
  -  4 Receptions: Sun, Mon, Tue & Wed
  -  2 Hospitality Nights: Mon & Wed


Sunday, April 14

Come to Registration at the Hyatt Regency and pick up your welcome bag. This will include a complete itinerary and your name badge that is required throughout the week to identify you to the bus drivers and give you access to official conference events.

Catch up with your NACE friends from around the country at the NACE 2019 Welcome Reception

 Monday, April 15

Join new and old friends/spouses at the Guest Welcome Breakfast to learn about the activities planned for the next few days. 

Monday's activities in Old Town Wichita:

  • Create your own artful masterpiece at Pinot's Palette with the help of a painting guide
  • Guest lunch in private room at Rivercity Brewery
  • Experience a trek through time at the Museum of World Treasures

In the evening, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the Reception with Exhibitors before attending your State Affiliate Dinner.


Strataca- Underground Salt Museum
1 of the 8 Wonders of Kansas!








Tuesday, April 16

Choose your own adventure! 

After the Guest Breakfast, choose between two fun activities.

Option 1: Strataca (40 minute ride to Hutchinson) Experience a cool and soothing subterranean world formed by salt deposits in the Permian Sea long ago. It is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas and takes visitors 650 feet underground. You’ll see artifacts and displays describing the mining industry, short videos showing technology advancements and a display of several original movie costumes being preserved in the climate-controlled mine. Enjoy lunch in the Stratacenter and shopping in the most unique gift shop in Kansas. You will need to wear a fun hard-hat for the actual tour (but not lunch or shopping) which will make for great selfies to send back to your engineer saying "wish you were here!".

Worried about being underground? No need to worry! Strateca hosts camping trips and bike races all underground. Wifi, cell phone service and restrooms are all conveniently located underground so you'll stay connected. 

Option 2: Shopping at Bradley Fair (20 minute ride from Hyatt)
Shop til you drop at Wichita's most vibrant destination for a mix of local, regional and national stores and restaurants. Check out the full list of stores and restaurants here. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant of your choice with a $25 giftcard from NACE.

Get wild and party the night away with lions, tigers, and bears- oh my! at NACE Zoobilee at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

Wednesday, April 17

Join your engineer for a join Guest/Delegate Breakfast General Session with a motivational speaker.

After learning about the NACE 2020 Guest Program from some of the attendees from Alabama, join the guests for a special luncheon at Roxy's Downtown featuring a music revue. 

Wind up your stay in Wichita with the NACE President's Reception, Annual Banquet and Hospitality Room.



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