By Wayne Allen
Organizers with the Lucasville Trade Days have deemed the event held last Friday, Saturday and Sunday a success.
“It was more than our fondest dreams,” said Jim Wirth, spokesman for Lucasville Trade Days. “We really caught a break the weather was perfect and the people showed up.”
Wirth said it’s really the people that ‘own’ the show and can easily determine it’s success.
“If they (the people) decided they want it here it will be here and they decided they don’t like this place they will stop coming,” Wirth said.
He said they only had four and a half weeks to prepare for trade days.
“We pulled every maneuver and every marketing tool we had to put this show together. We had a great fear and trepidation if we could even pull it off, but the people turned out,” Wirth said. “We had a beautiful attendance and we had no idea it would be that great on our first attempt.”
Wirth estimated there were between 15,000 and 20,000 people in attendance over the three day event.
“The truth is when you take a fairgrounds the size of that one and put 15,000 people there that’s a bunch of people. That’s elbow to elbow and all you can do to try to walk through an isle,” Wirth said. “We finally had to insist that our staff stop attempting to drive golf carts through the midway, because it was getting close to the point of unsafe.”
Wirth acknowledged there were some mistakes make in the planing of the event. He said they were lessons learned and improvements will be made for other shows later in the year.
When asked if Lucasville Trade Days is here to stay Wirth said, “it is here to stay. We are going to keep the name (Lucasville Trade Days) and we have registered it with the state of Ohio and have the right to do business under that name.”
He said the next event will take place June 14 and 15 with the last show of the year on Sept. 27 and 28.
“We have some growing pains and things to learn, but all you really need is for the show to be a success to make you happy,” Wirth said.
For more information about the event call 937-728-6643.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT