Successful Expo for Dodge County
If the number of cars in the Triton High School parking lot Saturday morning was any indication, the 18th annual Dodge County Home and Business Expo was a great success.
The yearly event is organized by Chambers of Commerce members in Dodge County and is intended to give county residents a look at the businesses that support the local economy. They cover a wide range of services including agriculture, manufacturing, construction, government, professional services, education and non-profits to name a few.
The exact number of attendees was not immediately available but was estimated by one of the organizers as more than 2,000 people by shortly after noon. The doors had opened at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast available for $1.
More than 100 businesses were represented at the Expo that urged people to “Grow Your Community – Shop Locally.”
Local is one of the key points of the Expo as all exhibitors must be from Dodge County.
“I like that it’s all local,” said Dodge Center Council member Gary Trelstad.
While the adults were checking out the businesses, there were also activities for the younger visitors.
Kids were invited to pick up a form at the Welcome Booth and participate in the Scavenger Hunt.
Rookie the Clown was making balloon animals in his booth while there were free henna tattoos in the gym.
One of the popular booths was the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office where School Resource Officer David Skadson was giving out yo-yos and learning the finer art of working a yo-yo courtesy of 10-year-old Andrew Fate.
A number of the exhibitors were offering food to those who stopped by to visit including Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield and Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center. Both had freshly baked cookies.
Omar Feyen from Omar’s Kitchen in West Concord had cinnamon rolls in the morning and pulled pork sandwiches for lunch.