Chamber plans more food, more fun at 2014 Expo

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By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Expanded food and entertainment options are among the new attractions planned for this year’s Community Expo.

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce recently announced that the ninth annual Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at London Elementary School.

 “The Expo is a great way to bring the community out to learn about businesses in Madison County and, with all of the activities, it’s a good day out for kids and families,” said Nicole Delsanter, Chamber assistant executive director.

A the free event, local businesses and organizations provide visitors with information about their services and products by way of company representatives, displays and, in some cases, demonstrations and prize giveaways.

 “Last year, we had 30 to 35 businesses represented. This year, we hope to have 50, including at least a couple more food vendors,” Delsanter said.

With more food options, visitors will be able to eat lunch on site and spend more time at the event.

The Expo will feature hands-on activities for adults and children. In the home and garden area, Master Gardeners will set up stations at which visitors can get their hands dirty planting seeds to take home. Outside, the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails will show off bicycles and talk about the local bike path.

New among the many entertainment options in the Kid Zone will be puppet shows and skits performed by American Red Cross volunteers. Games and other activities are planned, as well.

Another enticement is the vendor basket raffle. Tickets will be sold at the door the day of the event. The winner will receive a basket full of prizes donated by participating exhibitors.

 “Last year, we had just under 1,200 people come to the Expo. This year, we’re shooting for 1,500,” Delsanter said.

For more information about exhibitor space rentals or event sponsorships, call Nicole Delsanter at (740) 852-2250.

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