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HUDSON -- More than 1,000 people visited Hudson High School April 22 to rub shoulders with super heroes like Spiderman and members of the Hudson Fire and Police Departments.
Visitors also hung out with royalty like Princess Belle, chowed down on lots of good food and enjoyed a variety of entertainment including musicians, Outback Ray, Magician Rick Smith Jr. and Irish dancing. Combine that with picking up product information and free giveaways from 60 vendors lining the building's hall system.
"We thought we had a really nice turnout and a really nice crowd," said Nicole Alverson, president of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce. "Based on what I saw there were probably about 1,000 people there."
The expo is held every-other year. The Stow chamber, which has many of the same members as Hudson, holds theirs on Hudson's off years. The chamber has about 320 members Alverson said.
"It works out for the best to do it every other year," Alverson said. "It takes a lot of work so we are happy to only do it once every other year."
Funds from the expo go toward chamber programs and member activities.
"But the real purpose of the expo is to give Hudson businesses the opportunitydisplay their businesses' purposes to the public all in one place to help grow their business and do a little bit of marketing and advertising," Alverson said.
According to Alverson the businesses enjoy the local outlet with their fellow businesses owners.
"We had a very good response from the businesses that participated this year as well as the community organizations that took part," Alverson said. "They said that they felt it was definitely worth their time and that they made a lot of good connections with members of the community."
The First National Bank of Hudson was the corporate sponsor of the event.
"We are a new bank to Hudson, and we do consider ourselves a community base bank," said Kris Barker, assistant vice president and Hudson branch manager. "We felt it was important to support the businesses of Hudson."
Barker was a member of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce expo committee.
"When I found out they were looking for a corporate sponsor, right away I knew that my bank would want to support the expo."
Barker was excited not only about the crowds but the venue, she said. Visitors as well as vendors were excited to learn more about the bank and the various local options it offers. Barker said her bank looks forward to being involved in future expos.
"I'm sure we would again be interested in being sponsors of the event," Barker said. "The executives at First National Bank all the way down to the branch employees at First National Bank recognize the importance of making a difference in the community. And sponsoring this business community event was one small way of us showing our appreciation."
Alverson wanted to send a thank you to everyone who attended the expo.
"I want to thank them for coming out and supporting the community event and all the community businesses," Alverson said. "It's a nice event to support local businesses and members and we appreciate it."
For more on the Hudson chamber visit www.explorehudson.com.