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New Green Fair for Environmentally Friendly Exhibitors

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County’s 50+EXPO returns for its 11th consecutive year and is calling all vendors and exhibitors to participate in the premiere annual event for the 50-and-over population, their families, caregivers and friends. The 2009 50+EXPO will be held on Friday, October 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia.

Last year’s 50+EXPO drew a crowd of more than 6,000 attendees, with more than 140 commercial and non-profit vendors of services, products and services. New this year, the 50+EXPO will include a “Living Green” Fair, with a limited amount of spaces available for vendors of environmentally friendly products and services. In addition, the 2009 event boasts a health fair, health screenings, a speaker series, workshops, demonstrations, a benefit auction, live entertainment, and food. The Capitol Steps will headline the entertainment again this year, with two shows, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Rouse Theatre.

The 50+EXPO offers a great marketing opportunity for vendors to reach Howard County’s older adults, the second-fastest growing population in Maryland. Two-thirds of Howard County residents age 60 and older report annual incomes in excess of $30,000. They are also well-educated: more than 95% hold a high school diploma and of those ages 60 to 64, 60% hold a college degree.

Fees for vendors vary and are based on exhibitor category and exhibit location. Vendor packets and information on sponsorship opportunities are available on the Office on Aging’s website, www.howardcountyaging.org (click on the 50+EXPO logo). To have a packet mailed to you, email dtugwell@howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-5949. For more information, please contact Laurie Diener, event coordinator, at 410-313-7467.
 

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