ELKINS – Saturday was a beautiful day and many local residents took time from their weekend chores and errands to celebrate and visit during The Inter-Mountain’s inaugural Community Expo at Elkins High School.
Representatives from platnium sponsors Roy’s RV Supercenter and Vintage Restaurant and Wine Bar, along with representatives from The Inter-Mountain and local community heroes, welcomed those attending the event.
Bobby Wardle, of Roy’s RV Supercenter, said he thought the Community Expo went really good.
“We had a large and a small camper on display at the Expo,” Wardle said. “We had lots of good leads during the day. We were also able to direct business from the Expo directly to our location on the Beverly Five-lane. Lots of folks said they were going to go up and see what else we had to offer.”
Wardle said events like the Community Expo are greatly appreciated.
“It helps the businesses in the area and lets folks know who we are and what we have to offer.”
Chef James DeCarlo, of Vintage Restaurant and Wine Bar, said Saturday’s gathering was a great event.
“We got to talk to folks and dispel some misinformation,” DeCarlo said. “Some folks thought we only offered very expensive food options and some thought we were just a bar. This event allowed folks to sample our food, see our menu and meet with us directly. It was really nice to have that one-on-one connection outside of our location.”
DeCarlo said the Expo allowed folks to come together in a new way.
“It was nice to see the community gather along with businesses and independent vendors in one spot,” DeCarlo said. “We think Elkins is really nice, and we are glad we opened our restaurant here.”
Dan Giles of the West Virginia Wildlife Center in French Creek, said he enjoyed sharing information with community members during Saturday’s Expo. The Wildlife Center has a variety of animals native to W.Va.
“We have several new fawns and some baby elk that are cute to see,” Giles said. “We are open 7-days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and our rates are reasonable.”
The gym at Elkins High School was packed with vendors, games and food. Live entertainment was provided by Valli Davis, Axis Dance Group, Gracie Metheney and Michael Bonnett.
Michelle Hammonds, Inter-Mountain advertising director, deemed the Expo a success.
“It was nice to sponsor an event that brought the community together,” Hammonds said. “Residents and businesses not only had the opportunity to sell their products, but also had the opportunity to get to know each other and learn more about what each had to offer.”
Hammonds said there was a steady stream of people traveling through the Expo all day long.
“We were very pleased with the turnout, and especially want to thank our Todd Price from Elkins High School, platinum sponsors, Roy’s RV Supercenter and Vintage Restaurant and Wine Bar, as well as community heroes including those from the Elkins Police Department and K-9 Officer Armor, Elkins Fire Department and the Barbour County Emergency Squad,” Hammonds said. “Everyone had a great time.”