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Fall Expo promotes Wilson holiday shopping

Posted on October 12, 2021

Updated on October 14, 2021

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Dawn and Tom Potter of Duplin Winery pour samples for Marques Hoskins and Fred Pitts at the Wilson Chamber of Commerce Spring Expo earlier this year. The chamber's Fall Expo is planned from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

Brie Handgraaf | Times file photo

Dawn and Tom Potter of Duplin Winery pour samples for Marques Hoskins and Fred Pitts at the Wilson Chamber of Commerce Spring Expo earlier this year. The chamber's Fall Expo is planned from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

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The Wilson Fall Expo started as a way for chamber officials to accommodate COVID-19 pandemic precautions in 2020, but the popular event is returning to the Wilson County Fairgrounds on Oct. 23.

“We certainly never intended for our fall expo to supplant or replace the spring expo, and our inaugural fall event was planned out of necessity,” said Wilson Chamber of Commerce President Ryan Simons. “We discovered rather quickly that this second business expo was something that was welcomed by both vendors and the public, and (we) see it as yet one more way we can show off the amazing businesses that exist in Wilson.”

The expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the county fairgrounds. While the 2020 edition was held in a drive-through format, this year’s attendees can visit with the vendors who will be stationed between the fairgrounds buildings and U.S. 301.

The spring expo focuses on home and garden improvement, but the fall expo gives visitors a chance to learn about holiday shopping from more than 30 Wilson businesses.

“Our Wilson Spring Expo is too valuable of an event to keep it limited to one time a year. It is too valuable to our vendors, who see the event as a way to market themselves to new customers, and it’s too valuable to our community, (which) uses the expo as a way to learn more about what businesses exist in and around Wilson,” Simons said. “That is why we’re pleased to offer the Wilson Fall Expo as a second opportunity for some of these businesses to make a first impression.”

Food trucks and concessions will be available on-site.

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