PLATTSBURGH — People squeezed through the crowd, stopping to heft vacuums and take pictures with fake dreadlocks.
They sipped lemonade and coffee and ate Girl Scout cookies and chocolates.
They gathered information from the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood and listened to music as they pedaled the calories away before spinning the game wheel and trying their luck at the bean-bag toss.
“This event is one of the most popular and important throughout the year,” said Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak at the North Country Chamber of Commerce 2012 Business Expo held at the Plattsburgh State Field House.
This brings together the majority of local businesses, and I always feel the optimism when speaking to people,” Kasprzak said.
Sponsors for the 24th annual event included Buck Supply & Distribution, Curtis Lumber, Denton Publications and News Channel 5.
“The annual Business Expo is a chance for companies to showcase products and services,” said Jody Parks, executive vice president at the Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce. “Businesses can show people what they can do for them. Sometimes people forget about the opportunities businesses offer.”
The event has grown each year, consistently filling up, with 186 booths this year.
The event also allows businesses to network with each other, and it provides them an opportunity to thank existing customers while meeting new ones.
“This is a good representation of all the businesses in the community,” Parks said. “A lot of people don’t realize how much is going on in the community. This event is a great chance to see what is going on, and it is a ton of fun because of the door prizes and games.”
Jason Bell agreed and loves the event.
He attends every year to learn what is in the area for businesses and to possibly walk away with some cool prizes.