Well it was a long road trip from Adelaide to Bendigo, as usual we were running late and ended up driving all night, not getting into Bendigo until 3:00am. Happy to see the landlord of the motel not too upset, getting him out of bed to let us in. We were up at 8:00am to get our gear set up in the magnificent historic Bendigo Town Hall.
Once we had set up and had a few strong coffees we were good to go. Our first show sale came at 9:00 am a lady was waiting for us to set up, we thought she was a health and safety officer from the council watching up put our stall up in the safest way... But no she was Helen a lawyer and a keen rider from Kangaroo flat, she came especially to see and buy a DING. Thanks Helen for your great support.
We had a steady stream of customers all day and a lot of interest overall, which was fantastic and not expected. It was a long first day, the Friday event lasted up until 8pm we got a lot of late interest and sales as we were packing up which topped of the day and made the tiredness fade away.
It was great to mingle with the other inventors and business stalls; it was a good turnout. Some great new innovation were on show. We particularly liked the RearViz mirror product to help you see what's up behind you. Well down to the REARVIZ girls from Brisbane, a good safety product for us riders. Also Cycleport, a smart bike park docking scheme was also a standout design.
The weather on the Saturday was awesome for the day outside on the green, in front of the Town Hall. Apart from me getting swallowed whole by our new marquee as we tried to assemble it, all was good and very busy, lots of interest. The bright sunny weather is not the best environment to be demonstrating bike lights, but I would not have had it any other way...after the wet spring we had in Adelaide.
We managed to hand out a good number of DING Balloons for the Bendigo kids and again we had great support from the many riders of Bendigo, selling over 30 lights just on that Saturday. We soon found out that Bendigo has a great riders community. We had customers on the friday, telling their friends about DING and they turned up on the Saturday to see us, brilliant.
A big shout out goes to the Bicycle Centre Bendigo whom we signed up for DING distribution for Bendigo, thanks to Owner: Brad Steigenberger for his support. We wish him and his team all the best with our products.
The final day ended with the prize draws which DING provided some giveaway DING FL1 lights for the raffle. Congratulations to all the lucky winners. we will take away from bendigo some good memories, a special big thank you goes out to Chris Rowlands and Robert Kretschmer, pivotal guys in the show set up and for us being there, cheers.