August 4, 2022


Cantigny Park



Fire & Ice: Summer Field Day and Summer Snow Days have combined!

Outdoor trade show for green industry and snow professionals.

Show hours are 8:30am-4:00pm

Attendees receive: Bottled water, pop, and a tote bag sponsored by Russo!

The first 150 attendees receive sunglasses compliments of Mariani Plants

The first 600 attendees receive water bottles compliments of Reinders

Schedule of Events

9:00am – 9:50am

Education Session – Snow
Know Your Costs and Succeed in Snow
Jim Schwantz & Jonathon Schwantz, Yellowstone Landscapes
This session will deliver a budgeting strategy for hourly equipment and manpower costs for a snow operation. The goal of this strategy is to help manage cost and liability for a company’s snow operation. This strategy will include contract structuring, indemnification clauses, and other critical items related to a snow operation. It is important to achieve a fair profit for the contractor and quality service for the client. Ultimately success in snow should be measured in accomplishing both.

10:00am – 11:00am

Walkabout #1
A walkabout is an educational tour of the show floor that visits four exhibitor booths
New plants that thrive and survive! New plants and plant introductions
Walkabout Guides: Gary Brester, Elevations Landscaping and Sheri Lundell, Ron Clesen’s Ornamental Plants


Gnome Hunt Begins
The gnomes Larry, Moe, and Curly are hidden among the booths. Be the first to find a gnome and claim your cash prize!

11:00am – 12:00pm

Education Session – Snow
Stop Wondering and Get Real Answers! Fire & Ice Snow Operations Panel
Moderator: Jim Turcan, Cornerstone Partners, Panelists: Bob Bertog, Bertog Landscape, Tony Schanna, The Langton Group, Jim Schwantz, Yellowstone Landscapes
This moderated panel will tell you everything you need to know before the first flakes hit the ground.
Panel Discussions to Cover:

  • Labor and the changing demographics of drivers and shovelers
  • Supply line challenges
  • Labor saving machines and robotics
  • Using subcontractors and proper pricing
  • Writing proper contracts
  • How to handle fuel surcharges on multi-year contracts
  • Lot and yard security


Lunch is served! Choose from BBQ, Mexican, or Burgers and Brats.

11:00am – 2:00pm

Mobile Axe Throwing Opens
Can you hack it with a hatchet? Test your skills at the mobile axe-throwing trailer.


BierGarden Opens – sponsored by The Tree Connection
Beer is complimentary and available to guests 21 years and older. While supplies last.

11:30am – 1:00pm

Young Professionals Meet-up
35 or under? Join the Young Professionals group at the Beer Tent and then head over to toss some axes.

11:30am – 2:30pm

Kona Ice Truck – FREE
Mobile, fun, and stocked with the most delicious flavors you’ve ever tasted. Enjoy a cup of premium shaved ice.


Cantigny Garden Tour!
What a treat! Join us for this extraordinary tour of Cantigny’s feature gardens. These gardens were completely overhauled during the pandemic. Project New Leaf is Cantigny’s biggest garden overhaul since 1958. Cantigny boasts 18 gardens and almost all received some love and attention. To make sure you don’t get too lost in these wonderful spaces, Craig Kruckenberg, Landscape Architect and Cantigny’s Horticulture Design Manager will be your guide. Join him as you visit the Green Garden, Rock Garden, Octagon Garden, Keyhole Garden, Dry Land Garden, Fountain Garden, and much more. Do not miss this breezy walking tour ripped from the history books!

1:00pm – 1:50pm

Education Session – Snow
Build a Profit Strategy around Liquids
John Langton CSP, Langton Group
Whether you use liquids as part of your snow ops or are just curious, this session will take you deep. Hear from a company who made the switch, understand why, and learn about their in-house production methods. This session will explore equipment needs, weather conditions for ideal apps, and tips on communicating with customers. Finally, understand how to bill for brine so you aren’t left out in the cold. Whether by hook or by crook, liquids aren’t drying up any time soon for responsible snow and ice control.


Walkabout #2
A walkabout is an educational tour of the show floor that visits four exhibitor booths
Get zapped: Essential electric and labor saving equipment
Walkabout Guides: Jessica Riedell, The Riedell Group and Pete Liakouras, Russo 


Steel Drummer at the Beer Tent
Enjoy a cold beer and the sounds of the islands at the beer tent. You’ve earned it.


Education Session – Landscaping
Stop Wondering and Get Real Answers! Fire & Ice Landscape Management Panel
Moderator: Aaron Zych, ILT Vignocchi, Panelists: Joe Langton, Langton Group, Ian Wagan, Chalet, Tom Kelly, Balanced Environments
This moderated panel will answer the questions pinballing around everyone’s minds this landscape season. Hear from industry experts on the following topics:

  • Fuel and how best to apply surcharges
  • Labor saving practices and equipment
  • Company culture and managing flexibility
  • Codes and permitting
  • Contract prep and contract language
  • Transitioning to electric – anticipating challenges in the field


Prizes and Giveaways
At 3:15pm, we will give away $850 in CASH raffle prizes sponsored by Dayton Bag and Burlap and Alta Equipment. MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!


The show closes! Rest your feet! What a day!

Exhibiting Companies

A Block Marketing
Advanced Turf Solutions
Alert Distributing Inc.
Alexander Equipment Co., Inc.
Alta Equipment Company
Arlington Power Equipment INC
Aspire Software
Atlas Bobcat
Bartlett Tree Experts
Blu Petroleum
Burris Equipment
Cantigny Park
Carlin Horticultural Supplies/ProGreen Plus
Cedar Path Nurseries
Chapin International
Clesen Wholesale
College of Dupage
Cub Cadet
Dayton Bag and Burlap
Environmental Design Inc
Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply
Goodmark Nurseries
Grasshopper Company
Green Glen Nursery, Inc
Halloran Power Equipment
Harrell’s LLC
Hinsdale Nurseries Inc
Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Inc.
J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
Kaknes Landscape Supply
Kankakee Nursery
Kaplan Liquid Solutions
KO Supply Company, Inc.
Kramer Tree Specialists, Inc.
Lafarge Fox River Decorative Stone
Mariani Plants
McCann Industries
McGinty Bros., Inc.
Michigan Chloride Sales
Midwest Groundcovers
Midwest Salt
Midwest Stihl
Midwest Trading
Monroe Truck Equipment, Inc.
Pizzo Native Plant Nursery
Power Planter, Inc.
Rainbow Ecoscience
Russo Power Equipment
Shorewood Home and Auto
SiteOne Landscape Supply
The Conservation Foundation
The Tree Connection
Twixwood Nursery
Vermeer Midwest
Weather Command
Wilson Nurseries & Landscape Supply
Xylem, Ltd.


Organizer: Terre Houte

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Premier – Fire

Premier – Ice

Beer Garden

Tote Bags




Raffle Prizes

Kona Ice – Snow Cone Truck

Water Bottles


In-Kind Sponsors


Alta Equipment Company

Endurance Utilities

Ron Clesen’s Ornamental Plants

Yellowstone Landscape