Buckeye Tool Expo will share Buckeye Event Center with Tri County Health Expo this weekend in Dalton

By KELLEY MOHR Staff Writer Published:

More than 120 vendors will be on hand displaying and selling woodworking tools small and large at the 19th annual Buckeye Tool Expo scheduled for Feb. 15-16 at the Buckeye Event Center.

The show will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. More than 120 vendors will be on-site displaying products and services.

"We have more vendors than we've ever had," said manager Sandy Miller.

The two-day event draws a visiting crowd of more than 4,500 people on average, including manufacturers. With 127 different vendors, there is something for everyone at this show.

"It's geared toward the woodworking and metal industries, as well as all the components that go with it," said Miller. "We go from small items to large items, whatever helps the woodworking and metal industries around here."

For example, vendors will provide tools for use by furniture manufacturers in their shops to make their products, she explained. Items available range from power tools and table saws to raw lumber, LED lights and saw sharpening blades.

"We opened up an area here to allow for more room, so that allowed us to have more vendors coming in to give customers choices," said Miller. "And it's not only local vendors, but also those coming from out of state. There is a lot of variety to choose from here, there is a lot to see."

The Buckeye Tool Expo will also host drawings every hour, giving away 10-12 prizes with each drawing. Signup is free.

Held in conjunction with the Airworks Auction, which takes place at the Kidron Auction grounds in Kidron, the Buckeye Tool Expo is held at the Buckeye Event Center in Dalton, located just 7 miles northeast of Kidron.

"We all work in tandem. One doesn't work without the other," explained Miller.

This two-day sale has everything from air compressors to engines and much more.

The auction begins at noon on Friday with selling in three rings of hand tools and air tools. On Saturday, the auction kicks off at 8:30 a.m., selling all large equipment, portable buildings, power units and more hand and air tools in 12 rings.

Categories include heavy equipment and lifts, specialty equipment and attachments, sawmill and logging equipment, woodworking equipment, consignment from Danville Furniture Shop, drills, sanders and saws, planers moulders, jointers and shapers, concrete tools, power units, generators, air compressors, engines, air and power tools, chainsaws, doors, windrows and trim, hoop buildings, storage barns, ladders, steam whistles, kilns, firewood manufacturing equipment and much more.

A benefit breakfast will be held at 6 a.m.

Because of the symbiotic relationship between the auction and the tool expo, a free shuttle continuous service is available between the two venues for anyone wishing to travel between the Buckeye Event Center and the auction grounds during Expo hours on both days.

"They can park up here or park down at the auction at Kidron, get on that service and it will shuttle them between the two places at no charge," said Miller.

As another attraction, the Tri-County Health Expo will be held that weekend at the Buckeye Event Center.

With a goal to "Help you and your family have a healthy future," the event is also free and open to the public.

The expo will include a variety of vendors offering products and services alongside featured speakers throughout both days.

The overall vision of the show is to educate and empower people to have healthy families into the future, said Zedrick Clark, owner of Nature's Food Market in Berlin.

The expo was first held five years ago when Dennis Keim, a local Red Cross volunteer, saw a need in both the Amish and English communities for a venue to see various health options under one roof.

For the 5th Annual Tri-County Health Expo, more than 55 vendors and numerous speakers will be on-site.

"We'll have a variety of different vendors representing both medical and natural health, as well as a variety of speakers covering topics," said Clark. These topics include gardening, counseling and depression, women's and children's health, minerals and allergies.

"The speakers have as much of a variety as our vendors, we really try to have a lot of different topics and types of speakers," said Clark.

Seminars run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Vendors include doctors, chiropractors, dentists, herbs, books and other health care products, as well as midwives, tea, soaps, lotions, locally made products, and cookware, said Clark, naming just a few.

One vendor new to the show this year is the New Leaf Center.

"Their goal is to provide local comprehensive care for children and adults with complex genetic diseases. There are not a lot of places for people who have complex genetic diseases because they may be one of only 50 people in the country that have this disease. We're really excited to have one locally," said Clark.

Representatives from the show's sponsors -- Nature's Food Market, The Daily Record and Water Divine -- will also be present.

Clark urges attendees to pick up a show directory, which offers tips for healthy living and a health care directory in addition to speaker schedules, bios and a vendor list.

With the combination of the Buckeye Tool Expo, the Tri-County Health Expo and the Kidron Airworks Auction, the weekend offers something for the whole family.

"They can all have a good time," said Clark, whether he or she is interested in power tools or health.

"It's free admission, so if you are interested in anything with the woodworking and metal industries you are welcome, we'd love to have you," added Miller. "Browse around and see all there is to offer."

Reporter Kelley Mohr can be reached at 330-674-5676 or kmohr@the-daily-record.com.

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