MARION – State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) and the Southern Illinois Chambers of Commerce announced the postponement of the Southern Illinois Made Expo, originally scheduled to take place on Oct. 9 and 10.
Fowler cited the rise in COVID-19 cases across the region for the cancellation.
“While I am extremely disappointed that we couldn’t hold the event this year, the safety and well-being of our attendees and vendors are our top priorities,” Fowler said. “This event is expected to bring in hundreds of attendees and while I look forward to the day that can happen, it’s just not realistic now.”
The Southern Illinois Made Expo was developed through a partnership between Sen. Fowler and the Southern Illinois Chambers of Commerce in 2018 to highlight the region’s business community. Since then, the Expo has served as a premier opportunity for Southern Illinois businesses to showcase Southern Illinois products and destinations, speak with consumers and sell their goods.
“Due to the pandemic, putting on our annual Expo is requiring more flexibility than we had anticipated, but we are dedicated to doing everything possible to bring this event back to Southern Illinois to support our business community,” Fowler added. “It’s disappointing that we will have to wait a bit longer for the event, but we are already making plans to hold the event in 2022.”
“Our business community has withstood so many challenges and hardships over the past year,” Karen Mullins, the Executive Director of the Marion Chamber of Commerce said. “We are looking forward to the time when we can bring this event back and show our support to the small businesses in the region.”
The Southern Illinois Made Expo has been rescheduled for July 23 and 24, 2022 at the Marion Pavilion.