First expo lures hundreds of stallholders, surprises organisers
EXPO 4680 has taken the Gladstone region by storm. With more than four months to go, the pilot event has outgrown organiser's planning predictions three times.
With the original hope of getting around 60-80 stalls completely blown out of the water, co-ordinator Kelli Jackson from KType Creative said they are now expecting upwards of 200 stalls at the event.
"We have had such a fantastic response from the community", she said.
"With around 400 enquiries for information packs and application forms we have well exceeded our expectations for stall holders at this event".
However, that does mean some interested parties will miss out on the fun if they don't get their application forms in early.
"We know that people need to confirm with committees and managerial teams, but we also know we aren't going to be able to fit in everyone who has inquired with us about this event, so we have been encouraging people to get their forms back in as soon as they can", Mrs Jackson said.
They have also now locked in some more fantastic supporters of this event including GMAI, Fresh Fm, Jham Bar, Facebook page Local Services 4680, GAPDL and of course council.
Mrs Jackson said the main thing the planning team are now concentrating on is looking for a major sponsor to really help the event achieve its full potential.
"We really need help to cover the costs of our kids entertainment and hopefully expand our marketing to get this event shared with the greater CQ region, this would mean people would come from surrounding areas and use our event as a Christmas shopping opportunity putting financial support back into our struggling community," she said.
"If we can cover things like our kids entertainment, it just means we can go bigger and better without costing our community and stall holders anything extra financially, and more importantly it also means we can give more money to our charity."
"We will also be looking for volunteers to help us out with general duties on the day like monitoring waste, gate takings, our admin tent and other tasks."