PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — With several days of bright sunshine and summer weather, the last thing people are thinking about is winter.
But that is not true for those working with the Northern Maine Community College Foundation, which already has begun planning the third annual Fall and Winter Expo. The show, being coordinated by WAGM-TV and NMCC Foundation, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27, at The Forum in Presque Isle.
“We already have a good number of people signed up,” Vicki Smith, event chairwoman, said Wednesday. “We still have open booths that people can sign up for, but things are moving along nicely.”
More than 50 businesses and organizations are expected to be represented at the show, which will feature products and services for moving snow and staying warm this winter. The show also provides information on ways to enjoy the seasons and will include activities and door prizes.
“Last year, we had more than 55 booths filled, and we expect even more to be represented this year,” said Smith. “The feedback we received last year was very positive. They thought that the expo was great exposure for their businesses, and that the event was well-organized and helped them reach out to a larger audience.”
This is the second year Smith has been chairwoman of the event.
Last year, The Forum was packed with pellet stoves and other heating sources, snowshoes, snowmobiles and snowblower vendors, in addition to organizations that displayed information about winter sports.
Smith credited the partnership between WAGM and the NMCC Foundation as “key” to the success of the event. Proceeds from the event are accumulated through admission fees and benefit the foundation in its efforts to provide scholarships to students.
Kelly Landeen, WAGM-TV sales manager, said the station was looking forward to another successful event.
“This show is poised to not only be an exciting and fun event, but an informative one as well,” she said. “With the challenges and opportunities facing County residents during winter months, this show will have answers to alternative energy solutions, ways to stay healthy and, of course, ways to have fun.”
Smith pointed out that the foundation and its attendees are just two of the entities that benefit from the show.
“Last year, we had more than 3,000 people come to that show,” said Smith. “The attendance last year more than doubled from what we saw the first year. This is a great opportunity for vendors because they can see 3,000 people or more over two days. You don’t normally get that kind of traffic at your business in two days.”
For more information on the event or to request an exhibitor’s packet, contact the NMCC Foundation Office at 760-1188 or Landeen at WAGM-TV at 764-4461 ext. 253.