The biggest show in town is this Saturday

Seventh annual EXPO packed with fun, give-aways

Four visitors will walk away with $500 and no one else will leave empty-handed unless they choose to do so. This year’s Community EXPO is the seventh, and promises to be the best so far with give-aways, entertainment, educational workships and the chance to meet the people who offer goods and services in your town. It’s the biggest one-day event in Rockford and it happens this Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the perfect chance to see just what the Rockford area has to offer.

There are always games to play for prizes or fun at the EXPO.

With a Norman Rockwell-like downtown shopping district, people who live and work in this area may be lulled into thinking the business community is also quaint rather than cutting edge. Nothing could be farther from the truth and visitors will see for themselves when they meet merchants, business owners, and people who offer a wide variety of services, from your local law enforcement to area bankers, artists and veterinarians.

Local business professionals will again offer workshops that can help you improve your health or your financial well-being. New last year, the workshops proved popular. Booths are on both levels of the high school as well as outdoors. Visitors can sign up to be one of four lucky $500 winners, play games for prizes and take home a bagfull of goodies. Entertainment will be around the clock, and celebrity MCs will run the show. Children can interact with a variety of mascots and best of all, the EXPO is free of charge and open to the public. Rockford High School is located at 4100 Kroes Street. Shuttle service is offered from Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Road. Admission, parking and shuttle are all free.

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