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February 23, 2008

Vendors find good exposure at ninth annual bridal fair

“Call me, and I’ll give you a ride in a beautiful stretch,” Sarah Pollock told a couple of brides-to-be during the ninth annual Bridal, Prom and Special Occasions Fair Saturday at the Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley.

The owner of Hickory Limo Service said limo rides are still popular for proms and weddings.

“It’s something memorable for a couple, whether they’re going to their prom or traveling as part of the ride to the wedding reception or away to their honeymoon,” she said.

Tom Harvey of Harvey’s Bridals and Fashions said he always looks forward to the annual event.

“The atmosphere here at Tamarack is great,” he said. “Not only do they have the space and the beautiful surroundings, but it’s quiet enough you can talk with the people who come by the booth and get to know them a little better. They have time to look at the display and see some of the fashions we have to offer.”

Two audiences packed the Hulett C. Smith Theater for fashions shows presented by Harvey’s. Dozens of models brought to the runway this year’s finest selection of bridal and formal wear.

Many first-time vendors attended this year’s show. Melanie Terry and Maxine Coats of Kroger welcomed guests at their table featuring a wedding cake and brochures detailing what they have to offer for special occasions.

“The fair was recommended to us by someone who came last year. It has turned out to be a really good way to be involved with the community and to let people know how we can help them plan wedding receptions, parties and all kinds of special occasions,” Terry said.

Amid a display of purses and jewelry, Karen Campbell enjoyed showing off Beijo designer bags and Lia Sophia fine jewelry. A first-time vendor from Fayetteville, Campbell said she had the opportunity to share opportunities in direct sales with visitors at her booth.

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