All delegates, youth and adult, are required to stay at the conference lodging facilities. The lodging facility is the Lowell Center, 610 Langdon Street, Madison WI 53703. They can be reached at (608) 256-2621.
Rooming assignments will be made by the planning committee. Each room will house three to four delegates of the same sex. We will do our best to keep delegates from the same state or province together. If your delegation has an odd number of delegates, youth may be housed with delegates from other states. Adults will be housed 2 per room when possible. If someone has special needs, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Lodging reservations are made by submitting the “Registration and Lodging Reservation Form” to your state or province contact person who will register the entire state or provincial delegation electronically by August 21.
Dairy judging teams may NOT stay at the Lowell Center due to space limitations.
Very limited parking is available on-site to registered guests at the Lowell Center at the cost of $8 per day. Lowell Center will issue free off-site parking (space available) permits for Lot 83 (Fluno Center about 3 blocks away). For special parking needs such as buses or large trailers, contact UW Transportation Services, 21 North Park Street, Madison WI 53704 (tel 608-263-6666). Parking is not guaranteed and is assigned on a first-requested, first-served basis. Please indicate your parking requests on the Registration Summary & Payment Form found in the Coordinator Handbook.
Room Check-in upon Arrival and on-site registration
When you arrive, you may temporarily park in the rear parking lot of the Lowell Center while you check in at the front desk. If you have pre-arranged for parking as part of your on-line registration, be sure request a parking permit to place inside your vehicle.
After room check-in, delegations should come to the Lowell Center Dining Room between 2:30-4:00 p.m. Sunday to register, collect conference materials, and have State/Province photos taken.
Flight and local transportation
Please plan to arrive at the Lowell Center by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1. Note for delegates traveling with National Dairy Judging Contest contestants: their event is scheduled for Monday, October 2, 2017.
You have several choices of destination airports: Dane County Regional Airport is located on the north side of Madison, 25 minutes from the Lowell Center. It may be more economical to fly into Chicago or Milwaukee than into Madison, making the connection via bus.
Van Galder Bus from Chicago: Van Galder Bus Company offers shuttle buses from O’Hare Airport and Midway Airport to Madison ($60 – $64 round trip). The bus stops at O’Hare and Midway terminals and at 800 University Ave. during Memorial Union summer/fall construction or the Memorial Union in Madison, 800 Langdon Street, just 1½ blocks west of the Lowell Center. The bus ride takes about three hours. For schedules and tickets, visit their website at http://www.coachusa.com/vangalder/ss.tickets.asp
Badger Bus from Milwaukee: Badger Bus Company offers shuttle buses from Mitchell International Airport to Madison for approximately $46 round trip when fare is purchased on line. The bus departs every two or three hours daily for a 1½-2 hour ride to the Chazen Art Museum, 750 University Ave, just several blocks southwest of the Lowell Center. Visit their website at http://www.badgerbus.com for schedules, airport boarding site, and other information.
Greyhound bus: If you arrive by Greyhound bus, disembark at the Madison Greyhound drop-off point, which is in the process of finding a permanent location, and take a taxi to the Lowell Center. Call 1-800-231-2222 for current schedules and fare information or visit their website at http://www.greyhound.com.
Shuttle Between the Madison Airport and Lowell Center:
States/provinces must make their own travel arrangements between Dane County Regional Airport (Madison) and the UW-Madison campus conference site. You may wish to coordinate your trips with other states/provinces. Listed below is information regarding some available taxi/shuttle service options. All costs are approximate and are subject to change.
1. Madison Taxi: 608-255-8294 or book online at http://www.madtaxi.com/ This taxi service will accept reservations for airport and bus terminal service. Taxi cabs will be standing by for small groups at the airport. Up to four persons may ride in a single cab for approx. $16 PER CAB. Otherwise a minivan will hold up to 6 passengers ($20 PER VAN). A full sized van will hold 14 passengers ($75 per first hour per van [one hour minimum]; $15 per every 15 minutes after that (needs to be reserved 1 day ahead.) Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards accepted.
2. Union Cab of Madison: 608-242-2000 or book online http://www.unioncab.com/ – Standard meter service. Four (4) person per car maximum. Metered but probably about $22 per trip per cab. Would be able to accommodate larger groups if called a day in advance. Also, a van service is available (6 people maximum per van) at the standard meter cost or about $22 per van per trip. Accepts all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
3. Green Cab of Madison: (608) 255-1234 – or book online http://www.greencabofmadison.com/ Inexpensive shared rides.
4. Badger Cab Shared Ride Service: 608-256-5566 or book online at http://www.badgercab.com/ – Airport to Lowell $15 for 1 PERSON and $1 each extra PERSON up to 4 people maximum as long as all 4 people are in the same group. To use Badger Cab service, when exiting the Madison Airport go to Door 7, where there is a taxi stand. If there are no Badger Cabs available there, then call the service to request one. Badger Cab does not have any vans. They accept debit cards and all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. NOTE: “Shared ride” indicates that if the cab is not full, the cab may stop and pick up additional passengers on the way to your destination