Heat drives outdoor expo crowd inside

July 22, 2011|By AARON SAUNDERS |
  • Jose Snead, right, 9, of Hagerstown, smiles at his mother and siblings as he makes his way up the River & Trail Outfitters climbing wall Friday afternoon during the Outdoor Living Expo at the Valley Mall in Hagerstown. At top is Riley Smith age 5 of Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Roger Dailey came to Valley Mall to pay a bill. However, while strolling through the mall, a group of tractors and all-terrain vehicles caught his eye.

The exhibit was a part of The Herald-Mail's Outdoor Living Expo, an event that covers all things outdoors, from fishing and hunting, to sports, to lawn and garden, to camping, to cars and recreational vehicles.

"We wanted to partner with the Washington County Community Action Council and do an event to showcase the many fine businesses whose products cater to those interested in outdoor activities," said Dave Elliott, director of product development for The Herald-Mail Co.

The Community Action Council, an agency that aims to help people become self-sufficient, will be on hand at the event, and will share some of the vendor and sponsorship proceeds.

Sponsors include Mace Energy Supply Inc., Spray Green Landscape Service and Antietam Tractor & Equipment Inc.

Tractors hooked Dailey and other visitors.

"I could use one of these Mahindras," Dailey said. "I have an interest in one of these compact, four-wheel-drive (tractors)."

Dailey was not the only passerby to notice the collection.

Wendy Matthews and her son, Corey Brown, were walking through the mall when Brown stopped to inspect a tractor that can be used for landscaping.

While the tractors attracted Dailey and Brown, the ATVs attracted James Stevens.

"I have never been on one of these, but I want to. They look very fun," he said. "I didn't know there was a dealer in the area."

There is; the motor ensemble was provided by Stoneham's Motor Sports Inc. in Waynesboro, Pa.

Sweltering heat and a severe thunderstorm drove many visitors to the indoor portion of the expo on Friday, but the event includes outdoor exhibits for fans of boating, camping and more.

The expo will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the mall.

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