Learn about local businesses at Spring Expo

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More than 100 vendors will be promoting their products and services at this year’s Wilson Spring Expo.

The annual event promoting home, garden and business is returning to the Wilson County Fairgrounds on U.S. 301 on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No admission is charged.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 people visitors attend each year, according to Ryan Simons, Wilson Chamber of Commerce president.

“This event is turning into a reflection of how well the Wilson business community is doing,” he said, and is getting regional attention.

Simons said last year’s event, held for the first time at the fairgrounds, was a tremendous success. He said the Chamber plans to build on that success at this year’s event.

“It’s just a great way to spend a Saturday,” he said.

There will be no barbecue cookoff this year, but Kidsville will be back, this time inside one of the buildings at the fairgrounds.

Simons said Land of Learning is planning activities in Kidsville including games, inflatables, arts and crafts as well as Brick Scholars with Lego fun. Dindy Perry with Cupcake Dream will offer cookie decorating.

Food vendors will be strategically placed outside, he said. Also outdoors, visitors will find heavy equipment dealers, Leonard Buildings and equipment from the Wilson Police and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office as well other first-responders. Featured landscaper is Great Gardens.

For visitors to Spring Expo, the event is a good chance to see what services, goods and products are available here, Simons said, particularly with new products and service lines. Vendors can expect free samples and are given opportunities to touch products and, in some instances, purchase products on the spot.

Visitors can learn about heating and air-conditioning, medical services, plumbing, bathroom upgrades, home improvement, comic books, makeup, pest control and more.

For the vendors, it not only allows them to show their products, but it also gives them good business networking opportunities, Simons said.

Anita Turnage Jones of Anita’s Marketing agrees with Simons. She said not only does Expo allow her the opportunity to be out in the public and meet more people, it also gives her the chance to touch base with other vendors.

Jones said it’s a huge opportunity for her business and others to network, advertise and market in its real form.

“That’s what I love about Expo,” she said. “You can get it all in one place.”

Jones said she makes a lot of contacts at Expo with potential customers who stop by to talk, get answers about marketing and maybe pick up freebies.

A full vendor map will be published March 6 in The Wilson Times.

This year’s Wilson Spring Expo is presented by Greenlight Community Broadband.