Meridian Star

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April 25, 2013

Main Event draws huge crowd

Meridian —

The organizers of the Main Event held Wednesday were all smiles as they gazed upon the large crowds maneuvering for position among all the booths set up by local businesses. 
"This is our business expo where we promote our businesses and industries," said Wade Jones, executive director for the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation. "Communities are defined by the businesses and industry in their areas and by the strength of their economies. I think we have a strong contingent of businesses in and around Meridian."
Dozens of booths with vendors offering freebies were to be found in a Bonita Lakes Mall space, but the one getting the most attention was North American Coal, the winner in Best of Show.
Kim White, operations manager for North American Coal, Liberty Fields said the booth's model was built to demonstrate how lignite will be taken from the ground and prepared for shipment to Mississippi Power's new power plant in Kemper County.
"This model is a one to 50 scale model of what a real pit would look like, so the equipment that is in the model, the trucks, the dozer, the drag line, that's all to scale," White said. "The gray material is the dirt; the black material is the coal and that's also relative one to 50 scale. The display is to show the mining sequence, and how it works."
Other winners were Commercial Bank, which won Best of Show in keeping with the theme, "All About Town," Best of Show - Small Business, The Meridian Star, and Best of Show - Non-Profit, Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.
Julie Boles, who chaired the event this year, said more than 80 businesses participated Wednesday, many of whom did a good job in staying within the theme.

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