Community Opportunity Fair a Smashing Success!

by Tam McDearmid & Vickie Norris, co-chairs

The Community Opportunity Fair held on August 3 at the Bay Club was a great success! The 258 attendees far surpassed the wildest expectations of the planning committee. Residents new to Port Ludlow were the primary focus for the event. Sixty-seven percent of attendees, 173 guests, have lived in Port Ludlow less than two years, 20 guests have lived in Port Ludlow for three to five years, and 65 guests have been residents over five years.

Passports To Prizes helped guide attendees around the 52 exhibitor booths. Participants who collected stamps from 16 different exhibitors redeemed their passport for six raffle tickets. Newcomers received six “Welcome to the Neighborhood” raffle tickets, and exhibitors and volunteers also received three thank you raffle tickets for participating. Over a thousand raffle tickets were distributed!

Wonderful, donated raffle prizes included:

  • Dinner for two at El Molcajete
  • Massage provided by Ludlow Bay Massage and Wellness Spa
  • eBike rental for two from Port Ludlow Associates
  • A beautiful, quilted runner and accessories from Quilters by the Bay
  • A facial and gift basket of skin care items from Ludlow Bay
  • And the grand prize, a two-hour Bay Cruise for four offered by the Port Ludlow Yacht Club, captained by Ramsey Smith with first mate Anne Burrell-Smith

Congratulations to all the winners!

Guests enjoyed The Barrel of Monkeys fiddle group. Their music was heard throughout the main auditorium and on the terrace where an appreciative crowd gathered. There were pickleball and Laughter Yoga demonstrations, and the Port Ludlow Singers shared some of their musical performances at their booth. With 20 exhibitors on the terrace, there was plenty of room both in the main auditorium and outside for the mingling crowds. Participants were well engaged as there were groups of people at each exhibitor’s booth all afternoon.

The event was very well received with 82 percent of respondents rating the event as excellent, while the remaining ranked it great. Comments came from guests and exhibitors alike and included:

The mission of providing an opportunity for residents of Port Ludlow to learn about and connect with local clubs, non-profits, and service organizations of interest to them, was achieved.

Exhibitors were thrilled with the interest shown by the community on a perfect Northwest summer day. Many kudos and thanks to the planning committee (Allison Leonard, Janet DeDonato, Tam McDearmid, Vickie Norris) for all the hours of hard work! The hope is to make the Community Opportunity Fair an annual event. See you next year at the Fair!