Business expo plans variety of activities


WILTON — Along with numerous businesses highlighting what they do best, this Saturday’s 16th annual Greater Franklin Business Expo will offer a variety of activities to appeal to the whole family, said Lorna Nichols, executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the show.

Formerly known as the Home and Leisure Show, the Business Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Western Maine Expo, formerly Nichols Expo, on the Weld Road.

Concerns over the economy haven’t dampened expectations, she said.

“We have a full show, even more full than last year — a really good and more family-oriented show,” Nichols said.

Businesses, everything from photographers to car dealers, will have an opportunity to demonstrate products and services to the thousands of potential attendees. And, the chamber has a variety of extra activities planned including the first annual cake contest and a return of the annual Chowdah Cook-off.

Area cooks are welcome to show their skills by bringing a decorated cake of any type or a chowder to the show by noon Saturday. Judging will take place in the afternoon, based on taste and appearance, said Michelle Pelletier, chamber assistant.

A local cake decorator, Alberta Currier, will give a decorating demonstration from 11 a.m. to noon and chamber members will hold a bake sale.

Barnacle Bill’s of New Vineyard will set up outside the building to sell seafood, hamburgers and other items throughout the show, Nichols said.

Deputy Sheriff David Rackliffe, a K-9 handler for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, will provide a K-9 demonstration from 10 to 11 a.m. and again from 1 to 2 p.m. He has also planned a slide-show presentation that will run throughout the expo.

Mt. Blue High School musical groups will perform and the chamber will bring back the stocked fishing pond.

Rocky Hill Landscaping will provide materials for children to make fairy houses, said chamber member Shannon Smith; and Mt. Blue Agway will bring back their electric Gator rides for youngsters and will offer a coloring contest, said Ryan Bibeau.

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