Bayham-Elgin Business Expo—October 24, 2009 John E. Montgomery
Having a booth at the Bayham-Elgin Business Expo made me feel closer to the rest of the community. This was the first time that a business expo has been held in Bayham, Elgin County East. My booth was right beside the booth for Sunshine Restaurant, Straffordville which did the catering for the show. I enjoyed meeting other business owners and government staff and leaders. Matt Schafer kindly visited and had his photo taken with me at my booth. I met Margaret Voth of the Norfolk Community Help Centre, Doug Mantle, Shelly McCallum and Lucien from Elgin Business Machines. I enjoyed many of the discussions I had with people who attended the show about my practice. Doug Lester did a great job of ushering us through the day’s activities and the many ticket draws that were held. Doug’s booming voice would catch our attention to get us through the many phases of the show. Children came to my exhibit because my wife told me to bring something for the kids. Their parent's attention was focused on those who attended the show and so the children came over to ask for drawings to colour and candy. It was great seeing again people such as Ron Allensen from Monarch Landing, Bev Wager of Seedy Saturday fame and Joe Stephenson of the Otter Valley Naturalists. l am sorry that I did not have the time like Lynn Acre to talk to each and every business owner. The whole atmosphere I think made us feel like winners.