George Ouellette, photo
ST. ALBANS — The St. Albans Rotary Home and Recreation EXPO drew just under 5,000 visitors this weekend.
“It was fabulously successful,” said Carrie Johnson, co-chair of the expo organizing committee.
All available exhibition space was sold out this year, and there were more than 100 exhibitors.
This is the St. Albans Area Rotary Club’s only large fundraiser. In addition to selling booth space at the expo, the club also holds a silent auction and a raffle. Proceeds from the fundraisers are still being calculated.
Admission nearly doubled when rotary stopped charging admission to the event three years ago, said Johnson. “It was challenging to find a parking space. That’s a wonderful challenge to have,” she added.
Proceeds from the expo will be used to fund Rotary’s numerous charitable and community activities. Rotary provides financial support to area organizations including Martha’s Kitchen and St. Albans Little League, and operates a ski bus for children and teens. The club has also taken on the challenge of paying for the restoration of the Taylor Park fountain.