Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Shibler said the crowds were a little less for this year’s eighth annual Rockford Chamber of Commerce Community EXPO, which was Saturday, March 17 at Rockford High School. Nonetheless, the event was obviously a success, and Shibler said every exhibitor he spoke with was pleased with the event. “This year it was a little less crowded and hectic,” Shibler said. With performances from the current Rockford High School play “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and other musical entertainment on the stage, four people winning $500 cash drawings and one nearly lucky winner coming close to taking home a free Chevrolet, the EXPO was “obviously a success,” in Shibler’s opinion. He said the weather doubtless played a role. Winners of the five hundred dollars were Terri Byrne, Alice Taylor, Suzanne Kanuscewski and Dave Baker. “Usually people come here to get out of the weather and see what’s going on. How many times in your life do you have a winter like this? It’s more like June outside than March,” Shibler commented. Dr. Shibler predicted next year’s EXPO to be held in snow and cold as in the previous seven years of the event. “Everyone I’ve talked to is very happy with today’s event.” Performances of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” will take place March 23-25 at the Rockford High School Auditorium for those who enjoyed the sneak peek look at the amazing talent from Rockford High School students.
Rockford Chamber of Commerce Community Expo
John Decker can’t wait to give away a free car. This year’s Rockford Chamber of Commerce Community Expo, scheduled for March 20 at Rockford High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. may be his chance. “There will be very, very good odds,” Decker said of the opportunity that one Expo visitor will walk away with a 2010 Chevy Malibu. Decker said he has been offering a free car for various golf outings for a hole in one and has never given a car away. The winner will be responsible only for the tax, license and insurance costs. Those who walk away without a new car will not leave empty-handed. Four people will win $500 in cash and there will be other prizes throughout the day. Many of the nearly 200 exhibitors will have giveaways or prize drawings. New this year is what visitors will take away in smarts. Throughout the day free educational workshops will be held. Visitors can sit in and learn about real estate investing, financial tips, estate planning, sources of toxins in the home, staying young your first 100 years, and more. “It will all be really good information,” said Brenda Davis, executive director of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. In its sixth year, the Expo is again a sellout for exhibitors, and each year the attendance has increased. Last year just under 11,000 people attended the event. Local celebrities, mascots, live radio remotes, and non-stop entertainment by Rockford students are among attractions. “We have a wonderful community. We are well-supported in all our events, not just Expo,” Davis said of the popularity of the annual event. Starting at 10 a.m. and on the hour up to 2 p.m., two entries will be drawn as semifinalist for the free Malibu drawing. Visitors need not be present to be chosen as a semifinalist, but need to be on hand at 2:30 p.m. when the single finalist is chosen. The lucky person will draw from 20 envelopes. Two of the 20 will be matching and indicate the car. If the person draws the right two, they will win the $25,000 vehicle. “These are probably better odds than the golf outing hole-in-one odds,” Decker said. “I really want to give away a car.”