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MOUNT HOPE -- An opportunity for businesses to show their wares, give demonstrations and visit with friends and business associates alike is what the 2017 Mount Hope Tool Showcase is all about.
The 2017 Tool Showcase will be held over three days, consistent with the adjacent Air Works Consignment Auction. The show hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16, 17 and 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, at the new Mount Hope Expo Center on the Mount Hope Auction grounds.
Reuben Troyer and Paul Money are working together to put the show on this year.
"We are excited to feature our first event, the Mount Hope Tool Showcase," Money said. "The showcase will feature many of your favorite vendors, from equipment and machinery dealers, hardware and lumber providers, service and repair shops, and so many more.
"The event will feature over 100 vendors in the brand new 40,000 square foot Mount Hope Expo Center located on the Mount Hope Auction grounds," he added. "This year, the vendors will be conveniently close to the auction, allowing you to easily catch every auction and every vendor while here."
This Showcase is one of several shows that will be held at the new Expo Center located on the Mount Hope Auction grounds in Mount Hope, Ohio.
"There is no cost to attend the showcase, so come once, twice, or all three days," Troyer said. "We are expecting over 100 vendors offering the products and services you need."
The 2017 Mount Hope Tool Showcase has sold out all the vendors space for this year. Money suggests making arrangements now to reserve your space for 2018.
David Shetler, owner of Mount Hope Tractor, says it is important for him to be at the tool showcase for a couple of different reasons.
"This gives us a great opportunity to show any new product that we want to display to a large group of potential customers," Shetler said. "It also gives us a chance to inform people face-to-face what we can provide in tractor repair and restoration.
"Plus, it's also a good public relations thing for our existing customers," he added. "It gives customers a chance to stop in and say hi."
Atlee Weaver of Bunker Hill Engine agrees that the Mount Hope Tool Showcase is a great place to gain exposure for his business.
"The people from the area know we're here, but its all the people the show brings in from the plain communities all across theU.S. that is one great thing about this show. It enables us to reach those people who otherwise wouldn't know we're here."
For more information about the Mount Hope Tool Showcase; rules and regulations, to see who is going to be there this year or to register for next year, check out the website at: www.mthopeshowcase.com.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.