“It seems to be a little smaller crowd this year,” said Richard Purdy, a McElroy Metals employee working the company’s booth. Show organizers later confirmed Purdy’s observations.
While the number of early registrations for the three-day event were 15% higher than last year, the actual number of attendees dropped from about 8,000 in 2000 to 6,500 this year. Still, organizers said they were happy with the turnout. “Given everything that’s going on, (6,500) is pretty good,” said METALCON spokeswoman Marge O’Connor.