Four years ago, Vicki Setterl of the Oak Hill Business and Professional Association, met Bill Hannabass, Oak Hill city manager, and presented an idea to capitalize on the space allowed by the White Oak Rail Trail in an effort to draw individuals to Oak Hill.
Hannabass was very supportive of the idea of an expo along the trail, and encouraged Setterl to go ahead with it and to include the Oak Leaf Festival Committee to assist her.
Through those joint efforts, the 4th annual White Oak Rail Trail Expo will be presented on June 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the White Oak Rail Trail in Oak Hill.
The event offers over 150 vendors who offer a variety of goods and services. Some of the things you’ll find for sale along the trail are jewelry made from vintage flatware, deer antlers, wood, gems and beads; custom hair bows; wooden bowls and intarsia items; plants; animals; primitives; dolls; tie-dyed merchandise; tile signs for your home; bottle art; pottery; stained glass; body wraps; glassware; homemade soaps and lotions; coin collections; day care providers; photography and much, much more.
Vendors from Ohio, Florida, Maryland, Virginia and all across the state will be in attendance offering their wares.
The Expo will open with prayer and the National Anthem at 9 a.m.
Guests will also enjoy entertainment on the Depot dock throughout the day that will feature local musicians who voluntarily perform and share their talent.
Some local businesses will also be on hand, including Coffee Club, U.S. Cellular, Bathfitters, Avon, Origami Owl, Miche Bag, Southern Eye Care Associates, Thirty-One Bags, The Staché Ice Cream and more.
Local churches will also be on site, selling food items, such as hot dogs, kraut dogs, pepperoni rolls, baked goods, snacks and drinks. One church is bringing a dunk tank to add to the fun and excitement.
Nonprofit groups set up during the Expo will include Fayette County Volunteers, Collins High/Oak Hill High School Alumni, Lions Club, Fayette County Humane Society, Terri’s Tribute, Gideons and many more.
“Visitors have been very excited to walk the trail and see people that they haven’t seen in years, saying that ‘it’s like a reunion.’ The vendors are happy, the visitors are happy and I am pleased with the turnout that the Expo has every year,” Setterl said, adding “None of this would be possible without the help of the Oak Hill Police Department, Oak Hill Street Department and city officials.”