More than 700 attend Vassar Business Expo

Robin Drew-Darley, left, co-owner of Sam & Ruby's The Corner Deli in downtown Vassar, shares a food sample with a guest at the Vassar Business Expo on Saturday at Vassar High School. (Photo by John Cook)
Robin Drew-Darley, left, co-owner of Sam & Ruby’s The Corner Deli in downtown Vassar, shares a food sample with a guest at the Vassar Business Expo on Saturday at Vassar High School. (Photo by John Cook)

Vassar’s March 4 Business Expo hosted more than 50 businesses and an estimated 700 attendees — more than any previous expo has boasted, said Vassar Chamber of Commerce Director Betty Burley.
“Everybody went above and beyond, working together to make it work,” Burley said. “It was very successful.”
The event was held 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Vassar High School on Saturday.
Adam Barden, owner of Vassar True Value Hardware, 402 E. Huron Ave., Vassar said he was surprised by the large turn out.
The hardware store provided a bounce house for the family-friendly event and also held a drawing for a free bounce house rental.
Barden said he hadn’t had time to count the entries yet, but guessed there were more than 200 waiting to be drawn from.
The expo was a community partnership that involved Vassar Public Schools.
Not only did the high school design the poster for the Business Expo, the jazz band and choir performed at the event.
Barden said he hoped the expo exposed people to aspects of his business they may not have known about before.
“More importantly, though, it was a positive event for businesses and people in the community,” he said.
“If it helps our community grow, that’s good for our business in the long term.”
Burley said, “It’s too soon to tell” what the event might look like next year.
She’s only sure there will be one.
Caroline Goetze is a reporter for The Advertiser and can be reached at caroline@tcadvertiser.com

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