February 15, 2011

The Second Annual Knoxville Coupon Fair—Your Questions Answered

image Hello everyone! It has been so exciting to hear from so many of you who plan on attending The Second Annual Knoxville Coupon Fair on Saturday, February 26th at Faith United Methodist Church! I thought I’d include some additional information below answering some of the more frequently asked questions that I’ve received. If you’d like more information, please view my post about the coupon fair or e-mail me with any additional questions you might have. Don’t forget to “Like” the Knoxville Coupon Fair page on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all information related to the fair.

Will there be door prizes?

We'll have a number of door prizes to draw throughout the day, and a few of the booths will have separate door prizes at their tables. This year, you do not have to be present to win. Each person will complete an entry form with their name and contact information as they enter. When we draw the winner, if he or she is not present, then we will contact the winner after the fair to arrange pick up of the prize. If you are a business that would like to donate a door prize for the coupon fair, please feel free to e-mail me. In addition, the first 450 people present will receive bags—400 are emergency preparedness bags from the Knoxville-Knox County Emergency Management Agency and 50 are reusable shopping bags from Monica Franklin, CELA.

How do I swap coupons and freebies?

We'll also have a couple of "swap" tables. One will be for "freebies"--those items that you might pick up for free after a coupon or receive as a sample from a company. For every item you bring in, you'll be able to swap it for another item on the table. Any items left after the end of the day will go to the food and toiletry pantry at Faith UMC.

There will be another table where people can swap coupons--leave what you do not want and pick up what you can use.

Some of the resource booths will also have coupons at their tables for attendees to pick up as they browse. If you are a business and would like to promote your business via coupons, please e-mail me for information.

Parking and Directions

There is a detour on Dante Road and Dry Gap Pike due to road construction. Please plan ahead for the detour. We will also try and have the route marked with signs as best we can. We have a few volunteers from the church who will help with directing parking as they are able. You can phone the church at 865-688-1000 if you have any questions.

Directions from I-40—Take I-640E. Take the 75N exit (the exit right after Clinton Hwy). Make sure you go on 75N and that you don’t take the 275 lane. Take the Merchants Rd Exit 108. Turn right off of the exit onto Merchants Rd/Cedar Lane. Turn left at the first traffic light onto Central. Turn right onto Dry Gap Pike, which is right after you see Windsor Gardens Assisted Living Facility. The church is located at 1120 Dry Gap Pike. When you see the detour sign, you’ll see the church ahead on your right. You can go around the detour sign and into the church parking lot on the right. You can also turn onto Rifle Range Road and access the parking in the rear of the church by turning left onto the gravel drive.

Directions from Broadway. Go towards Halls on Broadway, going past Fountain City Park and the “Duck Pond” on your left. Turn left onto Rifle Range Road. There will be a Shell Station on the right as a road marker. Go through the first stop sign. At the second stop sign you will see the rear of the church on the right. As I mentioned above, you can go around the detour sign and park in the front of the church or you can access extra parking in the rear via the gravel drive off of Rifle Range.

Do you have to make reservations for the childcare or is it just drop in?

Because the event will be set up like a fair where attendees can drop in and out at their convenience, visit the booths that are applicable to what they want to learn, and can speak directly to experts, we thought that reservations might be too difficult to set for folks. We have volunteers who will be at the church to help with childcare. If the childcare rooms are filled to capacity, parents are also welcome to bring their children to the fair in the sanctuary.

Do I have to leave my child in the childcare rooms?

Absolutely not. Since the sanctuary will be set up with booths, smaller strollers will also work. The reason we included the childcare information on the poster is that so many people from the community had requested it when we had our last coupon workshop at the church. We want people to know that they are happy to do whatever they feel comfortable with regarding child care.

Do I have to make reservations to attend the coupon fair?

No reservations are needed. Admission is free of charge and is provided as a community service by Faith UMC and the many generous coupon experts and resource booths that have volunteered their time.

Will I have to be present for the entire three hours?

No. The Knoxville Coupon Fair is unlike any other coupon workshops. There will not be a formal presentation or speech. Instead you’ll find various topics addressed at different booths that address almost every aspect of couponing and saving money for your family. For example, Coupon Katie will have a handout and will be the expert addressing couponing and shopping at Target. Coupon Mommie will have handouts and information on shopping the drugstores (Walgreens and CVS). Because of the way the fair is set up, you’ll be able to come and go as your schedule allows. You’ll be able to focus on the tables that are of the most interest to you and meet your needs. I do hope you’ll check out each one, as all of them will contain great information!

What topics will be addressed at the booths?

How to organize your coupons, Learning the Coupon Lingo, Social Buying Sites, Couponing Technology, Shopping at Walgreens and CVS, Couponing at Target, Saving Money on Organics, Meal Planning, Growing and Preserving Your Own Foods, Healthy Lunch Options, Saving Money on Items for Babies and Children, The Art of Free, Budgeting, and more!

I know of a business or coupon expert that might like to host a booth. Is there still room available?

Unfortunately, we do not have any more available table space for booths.

What happens if it snows?

Look on the church website at www.faithseekers.org if you have any questions about the weather, cancellation, or delays.

Thank you so much! I’ll look forward to seeing each of you soon!

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