Quarter Horse Congress brings big economic impact to central Ohio
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Quarter Horse Congress brings big economic impact to central Ohio

August 16, 2019


IT’S BEEN HERE FOR A MONTH BUT GET READY—THIS IS THE LAST WEEK OF THE QUARTER HORSE CONGRESS- WILL CALL THE OHIO STATE FAIRGROUNDS… MIKE: ITS ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR CENTRAL OHIO IS HUGE- BRINGING IN MORE MONEY FOR CENTRAL OHIO THAN THE ARNOLD CLASSIC AND THE OHIO STATE FAIR. TODAY NBC 4’S ELYSE CHENGERY CAUGHT UP WITH A LOCAL RETAILER WHO IS HONORED TO HAVE THEIR BOOTH THERE. ROD”S HAS BEEN A PART OF THE CONGRESS SINCE 1978, THEY NOW HAVE ONE OF THE LARGEST RETAIL AREAS HERE WITH MORE THAN 20,000 SQUARE FEET. AND GET THIS THEY SELL ALMOST AS MUCH MERCHANDISE HERE IN A MONTH AS THEY DO ALL YEAR AT THEIR STORE. PACKAGE: CASSANDRA WALKER/SHOPPER FROM TENNESSEE: “NOT GOING TO LIE ROD’S IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP SO I COME AND GET JEANS AND BOOTS ALMOST EVERY YEAR.” SCOTT HARTLE/ PRESIDENT & OWNER OF ROD’S WESTERN PALACE: “I ALWAYS SAY IT’S LIKE HAVING A SECOND CHRISTMAS FOR A RETAILER IT’S REALLY HUGE.” PRESIDENT & OWNER OF ROD’S WESTERN PALACE, SCOTT HARTLE SAYS THE BUSINESS IS TREMENDOUS ALONG WITH THE ECONOMIC IMPACT THE QUARTER HORSE CONGRESS BRINGS HERE TO CENTRAL OHIO. “PEOPLE COME HERE, THEY STAY HERE FOR A WEEK, TWO WEEKS, SOMETIMES A WHOLE MONTH. THEIR STAYING IN HOTELS, THEIR EATING IN RESTAURANTS THEIR SHOPPING HERE IT’S REALLY A GREAT THING FOR COLUMBUS AND THE STATE AND THE COUNTY AS WELL SO IT REALLY IS A BIG IMPACT ON THE CITY.” SO WHAT MAKES ROD’S WESTERN PALACE UNIQUE? “WE TAKE THE EXTRA TIME WITH EACH CUSTOMER TO MAKE SURE THE HAT FITS THE CUSTOMER TO THEIR FACE AND THE SHAPE OF THEIR HEAD THE SIZE OF THEIR BODY. WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE IT’S JUST RIGHT FOR THEM AND CUSTOMIZE IT.” WITH THOUSANDS OF BOOTS, JEANS AND HATS RIGHT HERE ON SITE THEY GAIN BUSINESS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO COME HERE TO THE CONGRESS. AND THOSE SHOPPERS CONTINUE THEIR BUSINESS WITH ROD’S AFTER THEY GO HOME THROUGH THEIR CATALOG. CASSANDRA WALKER: “I THINK IT’S FANTASTIC I THINK THAT GETS THERE NAME OUT TO NOT JUST PEOPLE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES WATCHING SOME OF THE HORSES THEY ARE FROM CANADA AND OTHER COUNTRIES SO IT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO COME AND ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO SHOP AT LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THE MONEY STAY RIGHT HERE IN THE LOCAL ECONOMY.” “COME OUT AND SEE US AT THE QUARTER HORSE CONGRESS AND WE’LL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE GREAT. IT’S A GREAT EVENT FOR US AND WE KNOW IT’S A GREAT EVENT FOR THE CITY AS WELL. WELCOME TO THE CONGRESS.” ELYSE: THE QUARTER HORSE CONGRESS IS HAPPENING NOW UNTIL OCTOBER 28TH HERE AT THE OHIO STATE FAIRGROUNDS. LOCAL FOR YOU AT THE CONGRESS ELYSE CHENGERY NBC 4.

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