Want to know the number one thing that surprises people most about this industry?
And no, it’s not the amount of famous people we either meet or typically don’t….
It’s the fact that this industry follows the school calendar. We are our busiest September – May!
A lot of events happen in the summer; however, most are outdoors. If your facility has an outdoor event venue, you can expect it to be hopping! If it does not, the building staff get a chance to breathe!
After 8 years in this business, my hours are typically 80-90 hour weeks in our busiest months (October-December) and calm down to nice, solid 50 hour weeks in the summer. The first time I encountered this it felt like hitting a brick wall after running so much in the fall & winter season.
On Thursday we were honored to provide the building to the wonderful people of Mount Rogers. The organization held its annual Employee Appreciation and Wellness Day at the facility.
The Mt Rogers staff were treated to mini manicures, acupuncture, chair massages, door prizes, a band and lots of good food provided by Apex’s Piggalicious Concessions stand. These people know how to celebrate their employees! The attendees said “This was such a fun party, and the activities, vendors, and the food were all awesome.”
I had the pleasure of working with Candace in building the event. She is a gem and the employees of Mt Rogers are lucky to have her. Her heart for the employees was evident by
Y’ALL! This past weekend we had approximately 60 youth and over 200 sheep and goats at the Apex Center for the Youth Sheep and Goat Symposium!
Due to a double booking at Virginia Tech, the Virginia Cooperative Extension relocated the event to the Apex and it was held Saturday, June 22, 2019.
To be honest, this was my first Sheep and Goat show, and I had no idea what to expect. I was a bundle of nerves and curiosity leading up to Saturday. That nervousness quickly turned to excitement when a whole buncha sheep showed up at the building Friday afternoon.
If you’re like me and new to the Ag community, this event is centered around youth, between the ages of 9-19, showing their lamb and goats. The youth who participated were from every corner of the state, some coming as far as Virginia Beach. During the day the building was a buzz with
In 2004 my sister told me about a job that reported to the HR manager and built events and parties for employees. I thought to myself “there’s no way people get to plan parties for a living”. I was intrigued and a little scared by it. I listed a thousand reasons why I couldn’t do it and never applied for the job.
To this day that opportunity haunts me. I’ve played the “what if” game for 15 years. In that time I’ve had the wonderfully good fortune to work in the event industry (*it’s a real job, let me tell you!) and still do fun, hard things both big and small.
I’ve worked with churches building one hour luncheons and week long youth camps. I’ve worked with Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism which gave me the opportunity
We are excited to announce that completion of the APEX is anticipated to be in November of 2018.
This aerial shot on the progress of the Appalachian Exposition Center was taken in the middle of March, and really puts into perspective how it will not only put Wythe County on the map throughout the region, but also…
WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Board members of the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center and Wythe County Board of Supervisors will be hosting a joint public meeting on Thursday, March 24 at 6 p.m.
The meeting, which will be held inside the boardroom at the county administrator’s office, will allow members of the public an opportunity to discuss various design technicalities with planners of the future exposition center.
Artie Hall, chairman of the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center said…
WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Members of the newly formed Appalachian Regional Exposition Center Authority held their first organized meeting Wednesday evening in the Wythe County EOC Room, located at 290 S. Sixth St. in Wytheville.
The seven-member board, which includes two members of the AAEC (a non-profit organization that first envisioned an agriculturally-themed exposition center for Wythe County over a decade ago) selected officers and discussed site layout and building plans with members of the Lane Group, a professional engineering and architecture firm.
Plans for the finished product of the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center call for a 6,000 capacity facility, three livestock barns, outdoor…
WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Supporters of the proposed Appalachian Regional Exposition Center say their recent fundraising event far exceeded their wildest expectations. A sellout crowd of more than 240 individuals gathered inside the Wohlfahrt Haus Thursday evening as the 501(c)(3) non-profit committee treated patrons to a meal and performance by the renowned stand-up comedian Jerry Carroll.
Tickets for the event were set at $30 per person or $50 per couple. Organizers of the fundraiser say the event’s many business sponsors, 25 in total, helped to keep the price of general admission at an affordable rate for residents.
At least four members of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors were in attendance at…
On Friday, December 4, 2015, WDBJ-7 featured the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center on the evening newscast, highlighting Wythe County’s recent purchase of +90 acres of land near I-81 Exit 77, as well as a $750,000 award from the Tobacco Commission to assist in the constructing the facility.
Wythe County Extension Agent Matthew Miller called the planned exposition center “an economic incubator” for the I-81 corridor.