Hello Summer Expo attracted thousands and empowered the local Community

The Rotary Club of Port Elgin is pleased to announce the resounding success of the recently concluded Hello Summer Expo, held on May, 20-21 2023 at the Plex in Port Elgin. The event attracted an impressive crowd of over 3,000 attendees over the course of two action-packed days.

The Hello Summer Expo showcased a diverse range of attractions and offerings, captivating the audience with an exciting lineup of evening bands that drew nearly 3,000 music enthusiasts over two memorable nights. Ensuring the safety and convenience of the attendees, more than 400 people utilized our bus services, providing a reliable means of transportation for their journey back home.

By day, the event featured 44 vendor booths, which delivered outstanding results for participants. In the words of one vendor, “We experienced more leads in the first few hours than in the last two trade shows we attended combined.” This testament to the success of the Expo highlights the exceptional networking and business opportunities it provided. The Food Vendors experienced overwhelming success, with robust sales and extensive exposure for their products. Attendees were delighted by the wide variety of attractions, notably the incredible display of bouncy castles for the kids, contributing to the overall festive atmosphere of the event.

The Hello Summer Expo would not have been possible without the invaluable contribution of the 50 to 60 dedicated volunteers, who collectively invested thousands of hours to make this event a resounding success. In the spirit of community collaboration, all three Rotary Clubs and the Shriners actively participated, working together for the betterment of the community we call home.

Local benefits resulting from the Hello Summer Expo were far-reaching and significant. Over 50 local companies benefited either through new leads or as suppliers to the event, providing a boost to the local economy. Local vendors had the unique opportunity to showcase their products to thousands of new faces, generating substantial exposure. Furthermore, nine local up-and-coming music singles and groups seized the chance to perform, gaining exposure and earning some income.

The impact of the Expo extended beyond commerce. The Rotary Club of Port Elgin expressed their satisfaction, stating, “The community now recognizes who we are.” Additionally, local establishments experienced increased business, with hotels booked to capacity, gas stations bustling with new traffic, and restaurants enjoying high occupancy rates. Local bars hosting music acts also benefited, with sold-out shows, demonstrating the positive impact of the event on the local entertainment scene, without negatively impacting local businesses operating within the same niche.

Importantly, the funds raised during the Hello Summer Expo will be directed towards supporting local physical well-being and mental health initiatives. The exact amount raised is currently being summarized and will be announced in due course. Additionally, the Shriners successfully raised funds through their can collections and provided invaluable assistance at the event, furthering their philanthropic efforts.

The Hello Summer Expo serves as a testament to the power of community collaboration and the positive impact of vibrant events on local businesses, organizations, and the community as a whole. The Rotary Club of Port Elgin is proud to have orchestrated an event that brought together thousands of people, fostered economic growth, and supported important causes.

For more information about Rotary Club of Port Elgin and future events, please visit https://portelginrotary.org/ or contact President Randy Bird at 519-241-8833 or randy@birdinvestments.com