OGDENSBURG The Edgar A. Newell Golden Dome was transformed with the help of more than 120 exhibitors and nearly 500 volunteers this weekend as the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club Expo returned.
The annual expo, now in its 37th year, is the main fundraiser for the organization, usually taking in more than $80,000 in three days.
We net about a third of our operating budget through the show, club Chairman Thomas P. Luckie said.
Volunteers sold $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win $5,000 or other prizes. The main floor was dominated by vendors from around the state and beyond, selling boats and motorcycles along with the usual craft show fare in the gym downstairs.
Another gym was converted into a game room where children sang karaoke and played putt-putt golf.
Nine-year-old Nicholas H. Larue played his favorite game, a basketball contest, to try to repeat last years success.
I got a T-shirt last year, he said.
The expo is a long-standing family tradition for many.
Theres a lot for everyone to do, said Lori L. Larue, Nicholass mother. The kids really like it.
Attendees gathered at the stage to watch shows from ventriloquist Peggy Miller and recitals from the Ogdensburg Dance Studio.
Its awesome, said Ogdensburg resident John D. Carter. Good show, good people, plenty to see,
Mr. Carter, who said he has been coming to the exhibition almost since the beginning, said his favorite part was watching his granddaughter perform during the dance recital.
Planning and hosting the expo is a feat that takes hundreds of people months to prepare. The Boys and Girls Club board begins planning in September.
Many of the events and exhibitors are the same from year to year, Mr. Luckie said.
The funds raised will go toward the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club programming, and also will ensure that nobody is turned away because of a lack of money.
This helps us keep kids coming into the building, Mr. Luckie said.
The expo continues today with a live auction at 1 p.m. and the raffle grand prize drawing at 4.