BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – After a long wait and a couple of postponements, the annual Women’s Expo finally made its return to the Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center.
The excitement to be back at the area’s largest and most popular vendor shows was quite clear.
“The Women’s Expo has been a lot of fun,” says Myra Harper, owner, and operator of McDonald’s. “It’s great to get to see people and talk to people, and actually see them without a mask. So, it’s been a lot of fun this year.”
Hosted by Southern Communications, the expo brings in over 100 different vendors– from furniture, car, and food companies, to health and other types of organizations, and even to small boutiques that sell crafts, jewelry, and other handmade items– the expo offers a little something for everyone.
“If you look around when you came in, you’ll see a line of people waiting to get in and see that the parking lot is full, they know what to expect and it just happens, it doesn’t matter if we have a dog and pony show, people just know that the expo will work,” Jim Sassak says, from Southern Communications and co-chair of the expo.
While many of the vendors have been regulars at the Women’s Expo, taking part in the show for several years running, this year welcomed in at least 15 new vendors who seem happy to be a part of it, as well.
“I really like it,” says John Beaver, owner of Iron Beaver Metal Art. “I mean the atmosphere is great, the people are wonderful, and it’s just been a really good show so far.”
All of the vendor’s giveaway prizes, free items, and a chance for people to talk one-on-one with an organization or company and find out everything they have to offer.