Business Expo in Hampstead offers more than 80 exhibitors; Event tomorrow expected to draw 3,000 visitors


The 1999 Business Expo tomorrow in Hampstead promises fun and a chance for town merchants to make themselves known to local residents.

Sponsored by the Hampstead Business Association, the 16th annual affair at North Carroll High School, with more than 80 exhibitors, is expected to draw 3,000 visitors, the same as last year, said Kathy Rampolla, association president.

"Our members want to make the community aware of what's available right here in Hampstead, rather than have [local residents] go out of town" to shop or obtain services, Rampolla said.

In addition to face painting, Ronald McDonald, Sandy the Clown and dancing groups providing entertainment for youngsters, there will be booth giveaways and $100 prizes awarded on the hour from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for adults, she said.

Early risers also may want to attend the Rotary Club's pancake, eggs and sausage breakfast at the Hampstead fire hall, beginning at 6 a.m. Tickets are $4, and proceeds benefit the volunteer fire company.

A fashion show presented by Ultimate Image Hair Fantasy and the Deb Shop is a new this year.

Hampstead author Joan Prall will autograph copies of her books "Hampstead -- Its Heart and History" and "School Bells and Slates."

"Mills and Memories," the first of her books, is out of print.

She has published her books herself.

For each copy sold, Prall is donating $1 to the restoration of the town's train station.

Johanna Brown, manager of Software Mania, said the annual affair always generates lots of interest.

"People are surprised when they learn we offer Quantum Internet service," Brown said. "They just don't realize that Quantum is a local Internet provider."

Anyone signing up for Internet service tomorrow will receive a gift, she said.

Community support for the Expo from Hampstead and elsewhere is great, said Steve Eline, owner of Petals, Flowers and Gifts.

"We won't be selling items, but we'll have giveaways and gift certificates, and visitors will have the chance to ask questions and see what we do," he said.

Domino's Pizza, Porky's Weiner and BBQ, and Subway will offer refreshments.

Admission to the Business Expo is free.

Pub Date: 2/26/99

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