Guests at this weekend's Huntington County EXPO can expect lots of entertainment and information, with breaks for food in between.
Ninety-one businesses and organizations - most from Huntington County, and all from the immediate area - will have booths set up in the Huntington University Fieldhouse Saturday and Sunday, giving visitors a look at what's available nearby.
EXPO hours are Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 23, from noon to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are both free, as are rides from the parking lot to the fieldhouse doors. LaFontaine Golf Club has donated golf carts for the weekend. And members of Boy Scout Troop 130 will be driving the carts throughout the parking lot in search of anyone who needs a ride.
The Huntington Kiwanis Club will return to the EXPO this year with its pancake breakfast, which will be served Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Four local food establishments will be set up in a food court both Saturday and Sunday. Food will be offered both days by Zesto, Kim's Katered Affair, The Party Shop and Nick's Kitchen.
With spring just around the corner, Saturday's events include two demonstrations focusing on the yard and garden. Wayne Fox will present a program on landscaping from noon to 1 p.m. Master Gardener Richard Wymer will follow Fox, speaking from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Entertainment, sponsored by Beacon Credit Union, will take place on the food court stage.
Saturday's performances include the Huntington North High School Dance Team and students from the Beverly Johnson School of Dance at 11 a.m.; and "Dancin' Dylan" Wilson, a local youth who performed on "America's Got Talent," at 2:15 p.m. Also Saturday, the Joy Pleasers Clowns will roam throughout the crowd.
On Sunday, vocalist Nicole Johnson leads off at 1 p.m. The Three Rivers Visiting/Therapy Dogs will be on stage at 2 p.m., and singer/guitarist Kent Young will round out the day's entertainment at 3 p.m.
Five grand prizes will be awarded, including a 60-inch television provided by Edward Jones; a three-month membership at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA for the winner and a friend; a $250 airfare gift certificate provided by the Fort Wayne International Airport; a fertilizer/seed spreader from Troxel Equipment; and a six-month membership, unlimited tanning and 12 personal training sessions from Anytime Fitness.
Many other prizes will also be given away during the day.