Local businesses gear up for EXPO



March 7, 2013 - 12:00 AM

With warmer weather due soon and thoughts of spring cropping up, this year’s Iola Business EXPO will give plenty of ideas of how to take advantage of spring’s annual renewal.
The annual EXPO, “Home, Lawn and Garden,” is March 15 and 16 at Riverside Park’s Recreation Center.
“It is designed to showcase our businesses,” Chamber director Shelia Lampe said. “It makes the public aware of goods and services,” available in the Iola area.
This year the Iola Chamber office partnered with the Humboldt Chamber and will have Humboldt businesses setting up booths, such as Stacey Cakes.
The business EXPO is not only for Iolans. Lampe said Moran Manor will have a booth and visitors from nearby towns, such as Chanute, always are in attendance.
This year the EXPO will showcase nutrition and health. The Allen County Hospital will have a booth, as well as Get Fit Wellness Center and Southwind Extension office.
Plants ready for spring planting will be available for purchase.
“There will be a whole gamut of things,” Lampe said.
Allen County Animal Rescue Facility will sell concessions each day. ACARF also will have pets on hand for adoption.
Free trolley rides will be given around Riverside Park.
Booths, 10-by-10 feet, are available at $125 for Iola and Humboldt chamber members, and $150 for non-members. Rental includes electricity.
To be a corporate sponsor a business may pay $500 and will receive additional exposure, through advertisements, printed materials, and choice booth location.
There is a change of thunderstorms that weekend, “but people should come out and think spring. Come out, enjoy the day and get some information,” Lampe said.
For more information contact the chamber office at 365-5252.

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