Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce Home, Garden and Business Expo returns after two years absence.
The event, which gives companies in the area a chance to showcase their offerings and connect them to residents in need of their goods and services, was suspended in 2020 and held virtually in 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic.
The Home, Garden and Business Fair will be held at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center on March 11 at 11.00–20.00 and 12 March at 10.00–17.00
There will be some changes in this year’s event.
The event, which used to be a three-day Friday to Sunday event, will only be Friday and Saturday.
Jennifer Vincent, who is organizing the event for the first time since she was appointed chamber president last year, has said she heard that last year’s Sunday was not a well-attended day.
New for this year will be a happy hour preview on Thursday evening, March 10 at. 18:00 to 20:00. The preview is for chamber members and local business owners only and will not be open to the public. All local entrepreneurs, regardless of whether they participate in the event or not, are welcome to participate.
There will also be changes in the prizes that will be awarded this year as well.
According to Vincent, this year’s prizes will be larger items donated or sponsored by participating companies, instead of the chamber money that was given away at last year’s event. These prices include: a Blackstone grill, a one-year family pool pass to the Salt Fork Pool, a rug that can be turned into a rug, a piece of furniture donated by Home Decor, a month-long free lawn and more.
To be eligible for the prizes, people simply have to be present and go through the event.
To make it a more family-friendly event, Food trucks will be on site and there will be a visit by Paw Patrol on March 12 at 14.00-16.00
The exhibition is a large collection for the chamber.
“This is huge. It is our hope that we have a huge interest in it and that people will want to come and look at all the companies and want to stay for a couple of hours,” Vincent said.
There are currently no specific COVID restrictions for the event other than what Ohio has mandated for indoor events.
“We will monitor the local and current COVID figures and the situation and respond accordingly,” Vincent said. “If needed, masks may be needed for those who are not vaccinated. We will have rubbing alcohol all over the facility and Pritchard Laughlin is diligent in keeping things clean and tidy.”
There will be over 80 indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces for companies interested in participating in the event.
Companies that have their registration postmarked by January 14 will receive a $ 25 discount on their registration fee. The last day to register for the event is 11 February.
Further information and registration forms can be obtained by calling the Chamber at 740-439-6688.