Hundreds enjoy annual Rome Home EXPO

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The Rome Home EXPO welcomed hundreds of visitors over the weekend, putting area businesses in touch with potential customers and members of the community, according to organizers.

Rome Chamber of Commerce President Bill Guglielmo said his organization estimated attendance at 1,204, which was “on par with last year.”

“We would always like to see more people attend, and we believe that businesses and organizations that exhibited there had the opportunity to see hundreds of potential customers that they wouldn’t typically see during any other given weekend,” he added.

The CNY Drones exhibit, which included demonstrations with smaller drones flying through obstacle courses, was the “big hit,” according to Guglielmo.

“It was really fun watching that, watching what they were doing. Bob Paine of CNY drones ... said that he’s been talking to the (Parks and) Recreation Department about utilizing the arena for the possibility of a drone race sometime in the near future,” he said. “So who knows what will result whenever an organization such as the chamber puts on an event — there are things that happen, people start talking to one another.”

At the Expo, the Humane Society of Rome unveiled its brand new shelter van, as well. The van was purchased in part through a $24,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. The Humane Society, along with Top American Imports and Hillside Seasonal Services, were recognized for having “outstanding booths” among the dozens of exhibitors.

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