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October 17, 2012

Fall-A-Days trade show opens Friday

Woodward, Okla. —

The annual Fall-A-Days Trade Show runs Friday through Sunday at the Woodward County Fairgrounds inside Crystal Beach Park.

"The Fall-A-Days Trade Show was started 25 years ago by K101's Doug Williams as a way of bringing exhibitors and businesses from all over Oklahoma to the northwest," said show director Shawn Miller.

Since then the event has grown.

"In the past we've averaged anywhere from 19,000 upwards to 22,000 people attend. Since we broadcast to the tri-state area we get people from Kansas and Texas coming for it," he said. "We've even seen some people come from as far as Minnesota and some more eastern states. It gives them a taste of Northwest Oklahoma."

The event fills the fairgrounds buildings as well as the parking lot, featuring a bevy of exhibits, including everything from autos and ATV's to hot tubs, as well as jewelry, clothing, and local and not so local venders.

"We have local venders as well as venders from Oklahoma City, Kansas City, even Missouri," Miller said.  "A lot of people start off at the Fall-A-Days and end up staying, which is good because it brings business into Woodward."

One major feature is the Made in Oklahoma section, now in its 8th year, Miller said.

"This year is our biggest yet," Miller said.

Attractions such as the DWTA helicopter services will be returning as well.

"They'll be taking people for helicopter rides around the perimeter of Woodward, give people an opportunity to see their homes or where they work from the air," Miller said. "Emergency Manager Matt Lehenbauer is going to have a big display as well with all the emergency vehicles and gear set up. There will be lots of exhibits out there, so we're encouraging everyone to go through all three buildings so they don't miss out on some really nice stuff."

Activity will be going on throughout the fairgrounds area.

"We'll also have vendors outside selling food such as barbecue, fair foods like corn dogs and funnel cakes, tacos and other mexican foods. There will also be rides for kids like the rock wall, bungee jump, and a mechanical bull," Miller added.

Fall-A-Days isn't solely fun and games however, as "It brings businesses to Woodward, and I also think local companies really benefit from the influx of people. People come from out of state and stay in hotels and eat at restaurants and I think Woodward really benefits from it," Miller said.

There is no admission charge. Any general questions concerning the Fall-A-Days Trade Show can be answered by calling K101 at 256-4101. Venders interested in participating can contact Miller at the same number.

"You couldn't ask for a better weekend," said Miller.

Fall-A-Days hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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