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2019 ICCFA Sneak Peak & 7 Cool Places to Explore In Charlotte

Apr 02, 2019

ASD is looking forward to seeing our clients and friends in Charlotte at the 2019 International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s Annual Convention. If you’re attending, we hope you plan to visit the ICCFA Convention Expo to learn about the latest trends and advancements within the profession. This is a great opportunity to see the latest funeral home merchandise and technology while reconnecting with your current vendors to learn what new offerings they may have added. There is always an exciting new product, booth design or special prize on display. You can also stop to visit with the ASD team at Booth #1617.

You can visit the Expo Hall on Wednesday, April 3 from 4p-7p, Thursday, April 4 from 12p-5p and Friday, April 5 from 10a-1p.

At ASD’s booth, you can relax in our app demo area and see a live, interactive demonstration of the ASD Mobile app as well as other technologies we have created to make life more convenient for directors. Our Technical Analysts will be available throughout the convention to answer any questions you may have about our award-winning technology.

This year, we will be demoing our new, game-changing MobileFH™ Texting feature and we can’t wait to show you how much freedom and convenience this feature will deliver to on-call funeral directors. We’re so excited to give you a sneak-peak of everything this game-changing feature can do.

While you're at our booth, be sure to pick up your FREE gift. You'll also have a chance to enter our raffle drawing to win one of our popular and exclusive Funeral Home Lego prizes. For those who are unable to attend ICCFA this year but are hoping to get their hands on one of our exclusive Lego sets, you’re in luck! ASD will be doing a special raffle giveaway through our Facebook page during the convention for those unable to attend. Simply visit our Facebook page 4/2-4/5 to enter the raffle.

We can't wait to catch up with all of our friends and clients in such a beautiful and vibrant city! Safe travels to everyone attending and we look forward to seeing you soon.

7 Cool Places to Explore in the Queen City

Whether it’s your first or 100th time visiting, Charlotte’s got A LOT. This southern jewel is beloved by residents and tourists alike for it’s diverse mixture of culture, history, art and outdoor adventure. We hope your trip to the ICCFA includes some extra time to explore everything this modern and vibrant city has to offer. Below are a few destinations we think you’ll enjoy in the Queen city.

1. US National Whitewater Center

For outdoor adventurers, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to take on the world’s largest man-made whitewater river at the US National Whitewater Center. In addition to the unrivaled rapids, you can also enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, rope climbing, paddle boarding, zip lines and more at this incredible outdoor recreational park that is like nowhere else in the world. (Located at 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway – about 25 minutes from the Charlotte Convention Center).

2. The Nascar Hall of Fame

This year’s ICCFA Welcome Reception will take place within the incredible Nascar Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 2 from 6:30-9:30p. The museum pays tribute to the history and heritage of NASCAR through interactive entertainment exhibits and displays. Tickets to the reception can be purchased through the ICCFA. Attendees will have an opportunity to explore racetrack simulations, authentic artifacts, educational films, and the Hall of Honor, which celebrates Hall of Fame inductees. (Located at 400 East Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, just around the corner from the Charlotte Convention Center).

3. 7th Street Market

If you can’t decide what fare to enjoy during your time in Charlotte, head to the 7th Street Market where so many delicious options abound. A variety of local shops, bars, bakeries and over-the-counter eateries make up this eclectic food market which houses more than a dozen independent vendors under one roof. From scrumptious crepes, to mouthwatering sushi to tropical acai bowls, you’ll find something for every taste bud at the 7 th Street Market. (Located at 224 2 7th Street, a 15 minute walk or 4 minute drive from the Charlotte Convention Center).

4. The Epicenter: The Ultimate Entertainment and Nightlife Destination

This multi-level Epicenter is home to a vibrant mix of uniquely themed bars . The open-air design allows you to hop from one location to the next. Whether you want to get in touch with your inner cowboy and ride the mechanical bull at Whiskey River or enjoy skyline views while sipping cocktails at Rooftop 210, the Epicenter has something for everyone. Live music, bowling alleys, and alcohol-infused cupcakes (yum!) can all be found in this incredible nightlife complex. (Located at 210 E Trade Street, an 8 minute walk or 2 minute drive from the Charlotte Convention Center).

5. Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens

Surrounding the Charlotte city center are four beautiful and tranquil botanical gardens, all located 30 minutes or less from the Charlotte Convention Center. Stroll through a stunning array of flowers and plants on display at the McGill Rose Garden (940 N Davidson St), Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary (248 Ridgewood Ave), UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens (9090 Craver Rd) or Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (6500 S New Hope Rd).

6. The Billy Graham Library

This public museum and extensive library documents the life and ministry of religious leader, Billy Graham, one of the most influential voices of the 20 th century. The barn-shaped building is located on 20 landscaped acres that are only a few miles from where America’s pastor grew up. With interactive kiosks, multimedia presentations, photos and memorabilia, the Billy Graham Library is truly a special place for the whole family to visit. Admission is completely free so you can tour the library or the old house where Billy Graham grew up for the cost of a cab ride. (Located at 4330 Westmont Dr, a 15 minute drive from the Charlotte Convention Center).

7. Carowinds Amusement Park

Attention thrill seekers: how does it feel to ride on the world’s tallest and fastest Giga roller coaster? Discover for yourself at Carowinds Amusement Park! This 400-acre park is located on the state line of the Carolinas and holds more than 60 rides, including 14 world-class roller coasters, and a 27-acre waterpark. (Located at 300 Carowinds Blvd, a 25-minute drive from the Charlotte Convention Center).

What are you most looking forward to about the ICCFA Convention? What sights and attractions in Charlotte would you recommend? We'd love to know! Share your thoughts in the comments below.


About The Author

Jess Farren (Fowler)

Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD's company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at

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