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Winter Blues Getaway in Wauconda

Visitors flock to last year's EXPO at Wauconda High School.

Visitors flock to last year's EXPO at Wauconda High School.

The 9th Annual Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce Business and Community EXPO is returning to Wauconda High School on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26. The themed event, “Winter Blues Getaway,” will be showcasing over 70 area business and municipal booths, plus several area clubs and organizations. Coinciding with EXPO is the 6th Annual American Legion Post 911 Craft Show with over 40 participants.

Saturday, February 25 the EXPO will open at 10 am and close at 3 pm. Sunday, February 26, EXPO will reopen at 11 am and close at 3 pm. This popular event, co-sponsored by Dr. Joseph Lincoln, DDS and RE/MAX Plaza – Pattie Palzet-Taylor is free to all visitors and promises to be an event with something for everyone.

“Last year’s event drew in about 1,900 visitors,” said Chamber Executive Director, Sandy Hartogh. “Based on another year of early sell-out of our exhibitor booths, and businesses still knocking on our door to request a space, we are expecting an even larger crowd this year. In this tough economy, businesses are looking for every opportunity to promote their products and services. By the same token, families are seeking entertainment of value that isn’t going to drain the family budget.”

In an effort to promote its “Your Dollar has Power” shop local program, the Chamber is encouraging the community to shop at favorite Wauconda chamber businesses during the month of February. EXPO guests can then bring their receipts to the event. For every $100.00 in valid chamber merchant receipts presented, local shoppers earn an entry into a grand prize drawing of gifts and certificates from participating Chamber businesses. A limit of $5,000.00 in valid receipts will be accepted.

A complete listing of booth participants and daily entertainment is available on-line at www.waucondaareachamber.org. Please visit EXPO to learn more about the many outstanding businesses, organizations, and services available in the Wauconda area.

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