“Ladies and Gentlemen! Fort Myers is proud to introduce to you the annual Big Boy Expo! See thousands of products from numerous vendors. Witness amazing…”
The first thing I need to say about it is that it’s completely misnamed. When I first heard of the expo, I convinced my wife to come with me and she had such a good time that now she insists that we go every year. I don’t think we’ve missed a year yet.
This year was surprisingly smaller than expected. I thought that with the slight bump in the economy that there would be more vendors than last year. It seemed to me to be the opposite. But the vendors that were there were based mainly in Southwest Florida and were showcasing products and businesses that are available locally. It’s something I would expect many states would encourage to boost the local economy.
So without further ado, here are a few items that I found interesting. I hope you enjoy them and if you ever find your way down to the Ft. Myers area and want to see what the locals are up to, check out the Big Boy Expo. Who knows, you might end up leaving with a bigger souvenir than you expected.
First is the “Laid Back” apparel company. T-Shirts, hats, towels all expressing the relaxing lifestyle. It’s quite the display. What I really liked was the Woodie station wagon.
For just selling T-Shirts and hats, Laid Back went all out!
What you see above is the native Florida swamp-buggy. A specialty vehicle built exclusively for the for the brackish waterways of South Florida. If you look at the silver-haired gentleman at the front of the vehicle, you will notice his head is in line with the height of the engine. There is roughly five feet of clearance between the engine and the ground giving it ample clearance when in the water. I can also safely assure you that this buggy has probably never seen the swamp except in a picture. True swamp buggys get pretty dirty churning up the mud bottoms of the swamp and would never be layers in chrome. This one was built to promote the business.
Speaking of water, check out this motorized kayak by Surfango. It’s a sit on top style kayak with a small jet ski motor in the back. There isn’t a propeller so its manatee safe.
Here you can see the joystick control and LCD display. Perfect if you’re a Battlestar fan and always wanted to fly your own Viper fighter. Now you can do it on the water!
Into gardening? This gardener’s shed is the perfect place to store your tools as well a putting in a potting table. It would also make a great play house for the kids if you’re so inclined.
Just to show you how invested Ft. Myers is with small businesses, Judy had a small display of her pottery right next to the garden shed. I wish I knew if she had a website or physical store, but if you’re in Ft. Myers next Saturday, she’s going to be at the art fair. You might want to look her up.
High quality Tech School Wyo-Tech was there showing off the labor of its students and showing prospective students what they could learn if they enrolled. I thought the truck was a beautiful and took multiple pictures. Great job to all that worked on it!
Maybe you’re looking for something totally different. Are you a Tolkien fan? Here’s some wall art for you.
All this is fine and dandy,but where is the Big Girl stuff you ask? Well here you go!
These are available at “Proud to be” by Rosa Rojas.
Coral Square Mall 9469 W. Atlantic Blvd. Coral Springs, FL 33071
When you get tired of walking around indoors, you can go out side for a rest and a bite to eat.
I just want to know who’s bright idea it was to put the “Jerky Girlz” across from the motorcycle customizer booth? (Keep all bad jokes to yourself. 😉 )
Kids of all ages would love the tricked out mowers for the lawn mower races.
Hank Hill would be so jealous!
The Big Boy Expo has things for all people and all ages; so if you find yourself down this way next year, come on down and check them out. You’ll have a great time.
Oh, and don’t worry about the high gas prices. You can always counter them by riding this.