- Grove City, Pennsylvania

March 7, 2014

Chamber's popular event connects hundreds of vendors, thousands of attendees at GCC

$2,000 drawing set

By Felicia A. Petro/Senior Reporter
Allied News

GROVE CITY — More than 100 vendors are getting ready for Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce's trade show Saturday - which will include a $2,000 giveaway.

"Vendor registrations are still coming in each day but at this point we have around 115 vendors, which is the same amount we had for the 2013 show," said Beth Black, director of the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the popular annual event. The 15th annual show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Physical Learning Center at Grove City College.

"We have several new businesses and organizations that will be making their trade show debut this year," Black said.

Some Grove City vendors will include West Main Street establishments such as All Good Things, a new thrift shop; and Peachy's Therapeutic Massage, which will provide chair massages.

Kritter Kreations, on South Broad Street downtown, "will be showing the wonderful stuffed animals kids can make," Black added.

Also new this year will be Golden Dreams Gold Exchange, a certified gold, silver and coin buyer who will be on site making purchases.

Some new, out-of-town vendors will include Advocare, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Mid-Atlantic Basement, and Wagler's Seamless Gutters, Black said.

The Chamber will accept registrations for vendors up until Friday - but late entries won't be included in newspaper advertising before the show.

Cost for a 10-by-10 foot space with a 8-foot table and two chairs is $90 for Chamber members; $180 for non-members. 

Attendees are asked to pay $1 for entry into the trade show and then can meet and greet vendors; many give samples of their products or trinkets and food vendors provide the option of eating in or taking out.

Cadet Girl Scout Troop 30424 will be selling Girl Scout cookies all day.

All vendors must provide a giveaway door prize for attendees to have a chance to win. "Prizes range from gift baskets; gift cards for area businesses and restaurants; and big ticket items like Kindles and iPads," Black said.

At 2:30 p.m. the drawing for the grand prize giveaway $2,000 Money Tree will happen. The Chamber sells raffle tickets throughout the day for a chance to win the giveaway, which is courtesy of Davevic Benefit Consultants, Inc.; Elephant and Castle Pub and Restaurant; Grove City County Market; Grove City Realty; Microtel Inn and Suites; and Trinity Living Center.

When the show began 15 years ago, it was the first event of its kind in this area, Black said.

"Over the years, many surrounding Chambers and communities have tried to duplicate our trade show. For whatever reason, Grove City's has remained the largest in terms of vendors and attendance," she said, adding "It really is a must-attend event!"

The trade show is a "massive undertaking" that Chamber begins planning months in advance, she said.

"The opportunity to connect businesses and customers together is what the Chamber is all about," she said. "We are excited to hear the success stories that will come out of the show and ... watch some lucky person become $2,000 richer! The entire event is very exciting from start to finish."

The Physical Learning Center "is the perfect location for our event," she noted, with  handicapped accessibility, ample parking and free shuttle service all day between the parking lot and the Trade Show, courtesy of North Liberty Presbyterian Church and Trinity Living Center.

"The support we receive from Grove City College is invaluable. Their staff is great to work with and truly enable us to pull this event off each year," Black said.

"Many volunteers offer their time to help make sure the event is set up, successful and then torn down," Black said. "The Grove City Chamber is very proud of our staff and volunteers who make this wonderful event possible. We are especially grateful to every vendor for participating and every attendee for coming out."

The trade show attracts thousands of people each year; last year's attendance was around 2,000.

"We expect the same if not more people this year," Black said.

"For many people, this is something they look forward to all year. It is a very exciting day that unites commerce and the community and connects vendors with customers.

"The trade show really is something that helps people get through the winter doldrums."

Published March 1, 2014, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.