March is a good month. A lot of exciting things happen; the snow finally starts to melt, the first day of spring and St. Patrick’s Day arrive, and college basketball reaches the height of its madness. In Grove City, there’s also another reason to get excited about March: the Grove City Trade Show. Each year, over a hundred local vendors and thousands of people get together to bolster the Grove City business community, and this year’s show was no exception. March is full of great things, but here are three reasons why the 2015 Trade Show was one of the best things to happen during the month.
Snow was on the ground for so long this winter that you may have forgotten that you had a lawn, which modestly inhibited our ability to advertise with our usual lawn signs. In spite of this, though, we still had a great turnout for the show. Local businesses were thoroughly represented, as we had 120 vendors with 132 total vendor spaces. Over the course of the day, we had a total crowd of around 2,000 people make their way through the show, enabling those businesses to get the exposure that they needed after a long winter. After spending weeks indoors avoiding the cold, it was good to see such a great
Grove City crowd.
Who doesn’t like winning cool prizes? The highlight of the trade show this year was undoubtedly the $2,000 money tree raffle contest. We’d like to thank our sponsors, Davevic Benefit Consultants Inc., Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant, the Grove City County Market, Grove City Realty, Microtel Inn and Suites, and Trinity Living Center for making the raffle possible. We’re sure that Mitch McFeely, who won the $2,000, would like to thank them even more.
In addition to the major money prize, we also sponsored a slightly less incentivized Coffee Contest on our Facebook page. Dorrin Mace, who posted the most-liked photo of the show, didn’t go home with money, but he did go home with a travel mug and two pounds of Here’s Howe coffee, and coffee is always a good thing.
Of course, contests and crowds are just two of the things that contribute towards the true goal of the Grove City Trade Show: community. The 2015 Trade Show provided an opportunity for each of the 120 vendors who participated to get their name out in front of almost 2,000 people over the course of six hours. Local businesses met local customers, and learned about how they could best serve those customers’ needs. These relationships are good for the commerce community, good for the customers, and good for the Grove City community. In the end, they’re what made the Trade Show such a success.
Crowds, contests, and community. March in Grove City wouldn’t be complete without them. Thanks everybody for making the 2015 trade show such a success!