Expo open to more exhibitors

The Madison County Community Expo is changing to accommodate more area businesses and job-seeking residents.

"This year’s event is being made more into a community expo to allow for more types of Madison County exhibitors to present themselves to the residents," said Sean Hughes, executive director and development director of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

The event, formerly known as the Madison County Business and Manufacturing Expo, is in its third year. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 at London Elementary School in the gymnasium and auditorium, a more centralized location, to help attract more consumers and residents.

The Expo will include "A Taste of Madison County" for food-related businesses, as well as a job fair for Madison County businesses to market job openings to residents.

Also new to the event are entertainment features such as hot air balloon rides sponsored by Re/Max Real Estate, fishing demonstrations by Pro Bass Fishermen, and a children’s play area. A blood drive sponsored by the Red Cross and a showing of the Wells Fargo stagecoach and horses are also possibilities.

Further opportunities for exhibitors are available the day prior to the Expo at the Chamber’s annual golf outing and networking dinner.

"The Madison County Community Expo is the only event of its kind in Madison County," said Hughes. "It is a professional trade show that allows businesses and organizations to network with each other and with the residents and consumers of Madison County."

Those who are interested in planning or volunteering for the event should contact Ginger Kronk at the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, 740-852-2250 or ginger@madisoncountychamber.org. The next committee meeting is at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 27.

As for exhibitors, last year’s participants will receive first choice in exhibition space through a registration process. Chamber members will receive second choice. Remaining spots will then open for any other businesses in or outside of Madison County.

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