History of the Expo

In late 2014 while driving to work, creator Joe Tabeling, heard a news report about the rise of drug use in the Carroll County community. Shortly after he heard about the increase presence of gangs in the area. Although he was aware of the situation in other counties, he was not aware of the situation right in his own backyard.  Imagining he was not the only resident to be unaware and having a background in developing expos, he thought an educational expo was needed. Thus the “Drug and Violence Awareness Expo” was created. (more)


Carroll County has experienced a rise in heroin usage and gang violence. Every citizen, business, church, and school is concerned about its impact. For this reason The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has decided to present an expo called "Drug and Violence Awareness Expo".

The "Drug and Violence Awareness Expo" covers all aspects of Drugs, Gangs, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assaults including the affects to our community and businesses. There are a variety of educational seminars, CPR, Self Defense and K-9 Demonstrations, as well as over 50 Exhibitors sharing information on each topic.