Monday, April 27, 2009

Info on the North Country Energy Fair

Day 1

So we spent the past week-end at the North Country Sustainable Energy Fair and Home Tours, up in Canton, New York. The event was held at SUNY Canton which has a great location north of the Adirondack park. The weather was sunny and warm, but the wind kept things cool.

Me and Chris from International E-Brokerage arrived at the college just before 8 a.m. so we had plenty of time to scope out the accommodations and get setup for the crowds to wander in around 10 a.m.

We were able to get setup outside in the courtyard right next to SOS Solar systems. We hung our banners and set out the displays.
We had never attended one of these fairs and were anxious to see what kind of questions we would get.

The pace throughout the day was slower than expected. We were told that last year's attendance was between 10 and 15 thousand people over the course of two days. So were were expecting bigger crowds. We had a steady stream of interested people.

It was nice not to have to explain sustainability to this audience. People came to get educated on what products are available to make their lives a little more greener. And that makes it all worth while.

I also had a little time to browse with the different exhibitors on the inside and on the outside. I'll have to post on some specific vendors as I review the materials I collected from each of them.

Day 2

Boy had the weather changed. We went from being nice and warm to looking for heat. We drank more coffee to keep warm than anything else. As the day went on it seemed to get even cooler.

We still spoke to a good number of people, but not near as many as we did on the first day.

At the end of the day we spoke to some interesting people. Got our word out on sustainability and being green on a budget. Made some good contacts and even made some friends. And that is what it is all about.

We may have to do this again next year.

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