Community Showcase event is March 22

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Annual event shows off best the county has to offer

By Todd Martin

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s Community Showcase returns to Shelby County

High School’s Mike Casey Gymnasium Saturday, and organizers expect the 12th annual event to continue to grow.

“We had more than one thousand people show up last year, and we expect this year to be even bigger,” said Shelley Goodwin, executive director of the chamber. “We have fifty-three booths reserved with a variety of local businesses and organizations.”

Goodwin noted that Shelby County’s emergency services would also be on hand.

The event, which will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is built around the chamber’s iShop Shelby slogan.

“That’s really what we want to convey every year,” he said. “We want to keep the focus on our local businesses and what they’re doing and what they can offer the community.”

There are also opportunities for several door prizes.

“People that come and visit every booth can enter to win an iPad Air,” Goodwin said. “And students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, can also enter to win a Kindle Fire and two Kindle e-readers.”

And that’s not all that will be available for kids.

“We really have something for everyone,” she said. “There will be children’s activities and a bounce house and plenty of entertainment.”

Six different school groups have signed up to provide entertainment, along with Shelby County Community Choir, SC3, which will perform a selection of Beatles songs.

“It’s such a wide variety of entertainment,” she said. “We have a drama group, an energy team, an orchestra and a dance team set to perform. And we have a lot of booths doing giveaways and some other fun stuff. I know there is one booth that’s brining a magician to do slight of hand tricks through out the day.”

Back on hand again this year will be the Bagdad Fire Department offering concessions, and the Shelby County Farm Bureau will be collecting canned good and non-perishable items for the Operation Care food pantry.

But along with all the fun, the idea is to promote local businesses.

“We really want to keep the focus on our businesses,” she said. “This is just such a great way for people to see everything that our members have to offer.

“It’s going to be a good day for people to come out,” Goodwin said. “It’s going to be a little cool in the morning, so come out and spend your morning and early afternoon with us and then spend some time outside.”


Community Showcase

WHAT: Shelby County Chamber of Commerce merchant show

WHEN: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday

WHERE: Mike Casey Gymnasium, Shelby County High School