FAIRMONT - Business continues to blossom, as was shown at the Spring Expo at Five Lakes Centre in Fairmont over the weekend. Warm, but breezy weather kept a steady stream of visitors at the Expo throughout the three-day event.
"We sold out of vendor room, and we have more businesses than we did last year," said Nancy Leverson, a sales representative for KSUM-KFMC radio, which hosts the annual event. "We have 84 different businesses in here, and we also managed to fill empty store spots in the mall, as well."
Most of the vendors involve home improvement and sporting and boat displays, but over the years other type of businesses have also become a part of the Spring Expo.
Linda Smith of Smith’s Greenhouse paints a pink butterfly on the face of Paisley Jones, a Fairmont fourth-grader, Saturday during the Spring Expo at Five Lakes Centre.
"We have chiropractors here with their massage chairs," Leverson said. "The Expo did used to be more outdoors and home improvement, but we are attracting more and different businesses."
Each year, there are usually some new participants in the Expo. Vendors from Mankato to Spirit Lake, and everyplace in-between can usually be found at the Spring Expo.
"There's always some fluctuation," Leverson said regarding vendor participation. "But we are always able to fill spaces with new vendors. It's never a problem to fill up the spaces."
One of the vendors that was pleased with the turnout and the traffic they received to their booth was Brent and Debby Jass of Mountain Lake, who run the "Ride Safe, Ride Smart" motorcycle training course.
"A lot of people are coming by interested and talking to us," Brent Jass said. "We're already looking at maybe needing to add more classes."
"We like this, being able to get in touch with people," Debby Jass added. "The season is new, so as we talk to people, we can adjust our classes and meet the needs of the riders."
"We always have a great turnout from the public and the vendors," Leverson said. "I really think it's because of our heavy marketing."
One of the biggest threats to the Expo at any year is the weather. Weather that is bad, or extremely good, can have a negative effect on turnout.
"Occasionally, we've had bad weather, but so far, it's looking good," Leverson said. "It's nice enough that people want to come out, but windy enough that they don't mind experiencing our spring indoors."