I’m sitting at my keyboard wondering where I’m going to find the strength to get off the chair and crawl into bed! I’m totally physically and mentally exhausted … but what a magnificent couple of days!
It’s all over and it went so well – the photo shows the section occupied by most of our Geelong & district groups [there were another 4 in the sections above and below ours]. Our main section had our groups on both sides of the rectangle marked by the red lines and arrows! This was a quiet time – the only time I managed to get the camera out and take a couple of snaps! There were 200-300 people in the 2 presentations going on at the same time but still plenty of people in the exhibition area to keep us all busy. Also, the photo shows about one third of the total exhibition area – it was huge and buzzing over both days – it was a terrific vibrant feeling.
There might be a “recession” in the book selling industry but that definitely wasn’t apparent at the Expo – we did an absolute roaring trade with our huge range of local & family history books from our Geelong & district groups. And more importantly our groups had heaps of interest in their brochures, membership and research options. And the comment we heard again and again and again – “we didn’t realise there were so many groups in the region”! That alone makes the Expo a huge success – a lot more people know that our local groups exist and I’m sure there’ll be plenty of follow-up communications for them all.
And as tired as I am, I couldn’t end this without mentioning the terrific show by Colin Mockett & Shirley Power last night … “Hit the Road, Digger”. Everyone who was there thoroughly enjoyed it. Entertaining, full of interesting history, wonderful historic images and of course the wonderful voice of Shirley Power singing songs from the 1920s & 30s … and yes, we had a good old sing-a-long. Congratulations to Colin & Shirley for adding a wonderful evening to our Expo.
I’m sure there’ll be plenty of photos appearing in the next few days on the Unlock The Past web site, so keep an eye out for them.
In case you hadn’t worked it out – I enjoyed the last couple of days – they were wonderful!
Thanks so much, Susie, for sharing your experiences of the expo. It sounds as though you had a successful couple of days.
Reports like yours give those of us who haven’t been to an expo in 2011 a glimpse of the goings on.