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Business Expo attracts record crowd

James Rada, Jr.
Thurmont Dispatch

(4/3) More than 1700 people attended the 4th Annual Thurmont Business Expo at Catoctin High School on March 28.

“At a quarter till (six), we had people busting through the doors,” said Thurmont Main Street Manager Vickie Grinder. “They came in, got their bags and started looking.”

In all, 78 vendors set up booths in Catoctin’s two gymnasiums to show off their products and offer free samples.

It was Connie Cissel’s first time showing her PartyLite candles. She came to the expo to let residents know she was in town and to allow them to see her products.

“It’s been wonderful,” Cissel said. “I’ve had quite a few people interested in having parties.”

Paul Cannada with the Thurmont Lions Clubs set up his table to show residents what the Lions Club does for the town and to get new members.

“We usually get one or two people to sign up each time we’re here,” Cannada said. “It’s really good publicity.”

Visitors wandered the gymnasiums sampling foods from restaurants, taking free samples of other items and talking with businesspeople about their businesses.

Lois Layman of Frederick has attended every one of the expos. She said she comes to see people she knows and to taste good food.

“It’s a little like a homecoming for me,” Layman said.

Nancy Bankard of Thurmont said she comes to learn about the businesses in the area. Last year, she discovered the pet groomer in town and now takes her dogs there.

Bringing in approximately 650 visitors its first year, the Thurmont Business Expo continues to grow every year, attracting an ever increasing number of businesses and attendees.

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