HAMPSTEAD — About 50 merchants are expected to participate in the Hampstead Business Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Four Seasons Sports Complex on Hampstead-Mexico Road.
This is the 10th anniversary of the expo, started by the Hampstead Business Association to promote thearea's businesses and their products.
"This year will be our largest as far as dealer participation," said Ed Cross, expo chairman. "Right now, we have 43 merchants and we expect more to fill our remaining eight openings before Saturday."
Cross, president of C & D Garage Doors in Hampstead, said in past years, about 3,000 to 5,000 people attended the expo.
A variety of merchants, including The Lumber Yard, Bauerlein Meats, True Value Hardware, food stores, real estate agencies and banks will answer consumers' questions about products and services.
"With new building going on all the time, the Hampstead area is growing each year with new residents," Cross said.
"The expo gives people an opportunity to become more aware of what businesses already exist, as well as those businesses which are new."
Gail Terzano, owner of Timeless CreationsFlower Shop and secretary of the Hampstead Business Association, said the expo not only benefits consumers, but also the businesses that participate.
"The expo is good exposure, especially for small businesses. It helps us to get to know our present customers better, and at the same time meet potential, new customers," said Terzano, who will be participating in her third expo.
Bill Campbell, who owns Bauerlein Meats with his wife, Barbara, will make his second appearance at the expo this year to make customers aware of the many services they offer.
"We go to the expo to let customers know that we are more than a grocery store. We are also a butcher shop which does custom cutting and deer meat processing. We also serve hot and cold lunches every day," he said.
In addition to displays and giveaways, an auction featuring donated items from participating dealers will highlight the day.
For a fee of $40, businesses can rent a 10-foot-by-10-foot space to display literature and other promotional information.
Information: Ed Cross, 374-5114.