Numbers up for St.C. expo

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Friday kicked off the 22nd annual St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Home & Business expo, now it its third edition inside the Carnes Center west of St. Clairsville.

Turnout was excellent for a Friday according to Jennifer Woollard, the chamber’s executive director.

“Turnout has been excellent,” Woollard noted as the first day’s events wound down Friday evening. “We’ll have an even bigger crowd Saturday. Friday is always a little slower because people are still getting done with work.

“We also have a few more vendors than last year.”

One notable area Woollard noticed a considerable increase in turnout is businesses representing the home building and remodeling industries.

A number of businesses are making their initial appearance at the expo. Some traveled a considerable distance to make it, including Mohican Log Homes from Loudonville.

Dan Hostetler from Mohican noted that his company heard about and wanted to get involved with the expo to further their business in the area, which includes some construction work at the adjacent Belmont County Fairgrounds.

The expo continues today from noon until 7 p.m.

The Thoburn United Methodist Church choir will entertain patrons with a performance today at 4 p.m.

The expo was previously housed inside the Ohio Valley Mall before making the shift to the Carnes Center.

While it may not have the amount of foot traffic passing by each vendor’s booth as was the case in the mall, the people making the trip to the Carnes Center are doing so with purpose.

“The Carnes is more of a destination. You have to make the decision to come here so it’s a targeted audience and I believe the vendors appreciate that,” Woollard said. “A few of the vendors told me they still have work going from contacts and inquiries made during last year’s expo.”

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