Organizer Lance Baker of Mesa called Saturday's Survivalist/Prepper Expo at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley "a dynamic success," with attendance of nearly 2,000.
"Tim's is a diamond in the desert; the entire staff was phenomenal," Baker said. "Folks were coming in from as far as Montana and California, and everyone was thrilled with the environment and the people. It reflected on Prescott Valley so well. We heard nothing but good."
Baker said most of the expo's 90 vendors did brisk business.
"The tactical gear folks were stunned, and the solar folks were overwhelmed - they got many leads, and that's good for the economy," Baker said.
The every-half-hour guest speaker sessions were "just jammed," he said, with standing room only at many.
He also noted that several small businesses could get a boost internationally after filming by the team from National Geographic's show, Doomsday Preppers.
"We're quite excited they took the time to show up," Baker said of the National Geographic team. "They said this was one of the best venues they've been in."
He said the team told him not all shows go so well.
"They scrapped all the footage from one show they did in California," he said.
But the expo at Tim's went off without a hitch - except for the woman from Sedona who called Baker on Sunday when she couldn't find the show.
"We think we did a good thing for the community and we will be back," he said. "Maybe as a two-day show next time."
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