First Posted: 3/21/2009
Newly-engaged fiances and soon-to-be brides flooded the streets of Mount Airy Saturday to participate in the first Downtown Mount Airy Bridal Fair.
Bobbi Jo Burnett said she was glad she attended the event Saturday. She is from Blacksburg, Va., but is getting married at Cody Creek in Dobson.
Everybody has been so nice and helpful. Im not from around here, so this was a great way to find everything I needed. I found someone to do my hair and makeup. And Rosellis bakery said they could do cakes, or pies. We really had a good time, and we are looking forward to the fashion show, Burnett said as she waited at 308 Bistro for the bridal fashion show to start.
I had e-mailed the chamber of commerce, and she e-mailed back that there was a bridal show coming up. So we just planned to come down today. This was just perfect, Burnette said.
Lynn Bowers from State Road also came for the bridal fair with her mother, Linda.
I just got engaged like two weeks ago, so I came over to really like learn everything, because I dont know a lot about weddings. Theres a lot more in town than I thought there was over here a ton more stuff. I knew there were some shops and stuff, but I didnt realize that there were a lot more businesses with services and stuff, Bowers said.
We found some really good stuff like the candy store. I was like, that would be cool for gifts to give away at the end and stuff. And the Froo Froo Pet Boutique was so cool. I think I would like to have my dog there. We are having an outdoor wedding. The people at Video Works were also really cool. They were so nice. I didnt know that they had stuff like where they actually film commercials with, they tape the wedding with and I was like, thats really cool, Bowers said.
Teresa S. Hill, events coordinator for the Downtown Business Association, said the day was a success. She said 45 to 50 brides and their mothers and fiances came out for the day.
Lynn Bowers and her fiance, Matt Bowman, were the big winners of the day. They came away with the grand prize included free tuxedos, his and hers wedding bands, a video taping package for their wedding, a bridal portrait sitting, dinner for two and various other gifts and gifts certificates.
He came out with her today, and half the time, he ended up carrying her little girl on his hip. He ran around to all of the places to register and made sure she had a shot at winning the grand prize. He was really sweet, and it was her birthday, Hill said.
Bowman picked up the grand prize for his fiance, because she and her daughter were models in the fashion show and were upstairs at the 308 Bistro when her name was called.
The stores were really busy today. I think this was a great thing for downtown. It lets people know what is downtown. It was great for all of the merchants and all of the participants as well, Hill said.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.