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Expo organizers overwhelmed by success

Darlene Price (left) and Melissa Saint have had success organizing a series of expos on the Burin Peninsula.
Darlene Price (left) and Melissa Saint have had success organizing a series of expos on the Burin Peninsula.

Marystown, NL - Melissa Saint of Marystown and Darlene Price of Frenchman's Cove are hard at work preparing for the second annual Marystown Christmas Expo.

The event will be held later this month at the Marystown Hotel and Convention Centre.

“Our most recent Expo that’s coming up now on the 26th, we said is for the autism (support) group,” explained Saint.

The Expo will feature 60 vendors selling a variety of handmade and commercial merchandise.

As well, Expo goers who donate $5 or more at the door will be entered into a draw for tickets to a St. John’s Ice Caps’ game.

Saint and Price have been working together organizing a number of sales under the banner of Marystown Expo since last year.

“June of 2015, was our first (craft) fair together,” price said.

The pair said they had two reasons for holding the events – promoting local small businesses and collecting funds for local charities.

The first event had only 20 vendors coming together at the Marystown Lions Club, and raised over $700 for the Burin Peninsula Special Olympic North Special Olympic Bears.

Since then the events have doubled in size, and have raised over $8,000 for local groups such as the Burin Peninsula chapter of the Foster Families Association, the Sacred Heart Academy Playground fund, and the Burin Peninsula Autism Parents Support Group.

Saint said she couldn’t believe how the events have grown from humble beginnings.

“I never thought it would grow this big,” she said. “We like doing it and we have an interest in it and we wanted to donate money. It was never about money for ourselves. We always said we don’t want this…we’ll donate it.”

For more information on the Expo or how to take part visit the Marystown Expo page on Facebook.      

colin.farrell@tc.tc

@Colin_TCMedia

The event will be held later this month at the Marystown Hotel and Convention Centre.

“Our most recent Expo that’s coming up now on the 26th, we said is for the autism (support) group,” explained Saint.

The Expo will feature 60 vendors selling a variety of handmade and commercial merchandise.

As well, Expo goers who donate $5 or more at the door will be entered into a draw for tickets to a St. John’s Ice Caps’ game.

Saint and Price have been working together organizing a number of sales under the banner of Marystown Expo since last year.

“June of 2015, was our first (craft) fair together,” price said.

The pair said they had two reasons for holding the events – promoting local small businesses and collecting funds for local charities.

The first event had only 20 vendors coming together at the Marystown Lions Club, and raised over $700 for the Burin Peninsula Special Olympic North Special Olympic Bears.

Since then the events have doubled in size, and have raised over $8,000 for local groups such as the Burin Peninsula chapter of the Foster Families Association, the Sacred Heart Academy Playground fund, and the Burin Peninsula Autism Parents Support Group.

Saint said she couldn’t believe how the events have grown from humble beginnings.

“I never thought it would grow this big,” she said. “We like doing it and we have an interest in it and we wanted to donate money. It was never about money for ourselves. We always said we don’t want this…we’ll donate it.”

For more information on the Expo or how to take part visit the Marystown Expo page on Facebook.      

colin.farrell@tc.tc

@Colin_TCMedia

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