Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 27, 2013

34th Annual Better Living Show off to an exciting start with good crowd

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Tammy Collins and Jennifer Saddler were all smiles Friday afternoon as they stood in the middle of a crowded aisle on the ground level of the National Guard Armory in Brushfork for the 34th Annual Better Living Show.

“I have had the best time,” Collins said. “We’ve had so many positive interactions with the Chamber, the volunteers and the vendors. I’m super happy with the turnout.  I’ve been here many times before as a vendor, but I never realized how much work the chamber and the volunteers do until this year. They make this event work.”

“Oh wow!” Saddler said. “It’s going well. All the stress is gone now and it’s running itself. I was so thrilled that when we opened the doors (Friday) morning there was a line of people waiting to get in. When you see people lined up at the door waiting to get in, it shows that your advertising and everything you did to promote the event worked out.”

Visitors appeared to enjoy the show. Rose and Tim Brummett, of Bluewell, strolled through the show arm-in-arm — each wearing a t-shirt with a healthy-looking kidney image on the front, the date — April 29, 2011 — and the word “donor,” beneath Rose Brummett’s smiling kidney image and recipient beneath Tim Brummett’s.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two years,” Rose Brummett said. “We’re both still doing fine.”

“This is amazing,” John Landers of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph circulation department, said during a brief rest as throngs of people walked through the show.

Albert Fowler, 84, of Squire, was one of the 103 vendors displaying the birdhouses that he made through the winter. “I cut the pieces out in my workshop and put them together in my basement,” Fowler said. “I have a big basement.

“Right now, the West Virginia birdhouses are moving, but I hope that the Virginia Tech ones will do better later today,” he said. He said that he also sells Dallas Cowboys and Marshall bird houses as well.

Jerry Gravely, a member of the Pocahontas, Va., Town Council was excited about the Better Living Show, but equally excited to talk about all of the activities scheduled for Pocahontas today starting with the Indian Run at 9 a.m., the grand reopening of the Pocahontas Exhibition Mine at 1 p.m., and the 7 p.m. program in the Pocahontas Cemetery honoring the 114 coal miners who died in an 1884 mine explosion in Pocahontas.

“I would like to thank Mike Watson, the town manager and the town of Bluefield, Va., for helping us get ready for the events this week,” Gravely said.

Christina Dickens, of Abbs Valley, Va.; her daughter, Christa Williams, of Bluefield; and Christa’s infant daughter, Sarah Williams, seemed to savor their visits to every vendor in the Armory.

“I try to come here every year,” Dickens said.

“This is my first time, and I really like it,” Christa Williams said.

“It has been amazing today,” Megan Brown, independent sales director at Mary Kay Cosmetics of Pounding Mill, Va., said. “It has been a great turnout and a lot of networking has been taking place. This has been fun.”

The show reopens this morning at 10 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. this evening.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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