SURF CITY — An event planned for this weekend in Surf City began with a goal of bringing people to town during a quiet winter month in the beach town.
Seven years later, Surf City Parks & Recreation’s annual Women’s Expo has become a popular event that showcases area businesses and services and serves as a fund-raiser for a community project.
The expo will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Surf City Community Center. Admission is $3 per person.
“We like it and it’s for a good cause. A lot of hard work goes into it but the payback is even better,” said Kristie Grubb, the town’s director of parks and recreation.
Grubb said they started the Women’s Expo to help increase the winter activity in the town and it has continued to grow.
“When we first started we didn’t have many events in the area this time of year so we felt let’s try something,” she
Despite bad weather that had them wondering if they should cancel the first year, the event drew a crowd of 125 people and received good reviews.
The next year had good weather and the crowd grew to 200 or so, and they now average a crowd of 300 to 350 each year.
“We have steadily grown. We’re excited so many people have been interested,” Grubb said.
This year’s expo will feature 55 businesses and services of interest to women, including gifts, fashion, jewelry, health and wellness, lawn care, cosmetics, interior design, artists and authors.
Grubb said the exhibits include local businesses as well as home-based businesses.
Some have been with the expo from the beginning, including Surfside Sportswear & Gifts and others are new, such as Bellavie Boutique, which has opened in the Hampstead area since last year’s expo.
Surfside and Bellavie are event sponsors, along with Topsail Advertiser and D’s Interior Design.
Grubb said they have the biggest variety of goods and services they have ever had and look forward to seeing a good crowd on Saturday.
All money raised from the event will go to the Community Holiday Assistance Program, which provides Christmas presents for children in the area in need.
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