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.
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. 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.
THE CARSTAR LOGO IS— “Relax, we’ll take it from here,” and now one CARSTAR customer has a very nice flatscreen television to relax in front of. Todd Andrews, of Rockford, was the Rockford Community EXPO winner of the free 36-inch television that CARSTAR gave to one of their many customers. According to John Shattuk (pictured on the right), CARSTAR kept the names of every customer the shop serviced from last year’s EXPO to this year’s and drew a winner at random during the event.
CARSTAR of Rockford is giving away a 37-inch television. Rockford Dry Dock will have some samples of different foods they sell. Nugent Builders can tell you about the good reasons to invest in improving your home now. Four people will win $500 in cash. Why wouldn’t you go? Last year 11,000 people took the time to enjoy the Rockford Community EXPO, scheduled for this Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to Brenda Davis, executive director of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, this year’s event is again a sell-out with more to offer than ever. There will be over 180 booths inside and outside Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes. The EXPO underscores the Chamber’s re-investment in its members and surrounding businesses. Last year’s blockbusting event attracted more than 11,000 people who enjoyed the day discovering the breadth of what Rockford-area businesses have to offer. “Last year’s event was a complete success and we are building on our experience again this year to make it even better,” said Davis.