Crowds pack annual EXPO despite sunny spring weather

Rockford Mayor Steve Jazwiec wears a Squire headband that staff from the local paper were handing out to kids and adults. This is Jazwiec's second term as mayor for Rockford.

The team from Rick's Food Center handed out a variety of foods to the crowd at EXPO, including the store's signature home-made kielbasa.













Photographer Michelle Wise brought her niece, Alyssa for the day. Alyssa was looking forward to her eighth birthday on March 20. Photo by TOM SCOTT


Squire Editor Beth Altena had a blast taking pictures and talking with other business owners.









Rockford police and fire departments and deputies from the Kent County Sheriff's Department always greet the public with handouts and useful demonstrations. Photo by TOM SCOTT


High school students pose with a copy of the Squire. Each of these girls stopped by the Squire booth to say how much they enjoy the paper. Their comments disprove the misconception that young people these days don't read news in print.










Despite an unseasonably warm March day, crowds again packed this year’s EXPO with lively entertainment non-stop on the stage, four $500 cash winners, and tons of giveaways. According to Rockford Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler, the EXPO is one of the premier events for Rockford and a chance for the business community to shine.

This year’s EXPO is the seventh and featured food tasting from area stores and restaurants and a chance to win a new car from Ed Koehn Chevrolet. A Rockford Chamber event, in cooperation with City of Rockford and Rockford Public Schools, the EXPO is held annually on the third weekend of March. Open first to Chamber members for booth space and then opened to non-chamber members, the EXPO is always sold out.



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