Environmental/economic expo gaining momentum

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 03:26 PM.

To help promote the event, Swift said her company would sponsor a poster design competition among local art students. The winning student's poster would be "key to our advertising," she said.

Iannucci said he hoped to hold the expo on Main Street on Earth Day, April 20, but the annual Spanish Trail Cruisers Club car show also would take place then.

Moving it a week earlier would mean Main Street would host three Saturday events in a row, including the April 6 Triple-B barbecue festival.

That would put a strain on Public Works staff, Steele said.

"I know the Main Street merchants don't like having the streets closed off, especially on Saturday," Councilman Charles Baugh Jr. said. "That would be three consecutive weekends we'd have downtown events that would have some sort of distraction or disruption on Main Street."

Iannucci agreed to move the event to May 4, "but keep it downtown on Main Street. Call it an energy and environmental expo instead of Earth Day," he said.

The council unanimously approved having the event on May 4 following a motion of support by Baugh.

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