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Farmington Community Expo celebrates two decades on Saturday

The 2018 Farmington Community Expo showcasing local Farmington organizations, civic, school and athletic groups, and businesses located within Farmington School District is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 27 at at Farmington High School. Submitted photo

Mark your calendars to attend the annual Farmington Community Expo to connect with the community and neighbors.

Farmington Community Expo is going strong after 20 years as it grows in participation and attendance each year, according to Mandy Clementz, adult and community education coordinator for Farmington Community Education.

“We have been doing this for 20 years and we always have room for growth and can add new local businesses and groups - we are happy to help them,” Clementz said.

Kris Akin, communications generalist with Farmington Community Education, served as a founding member of Farmington Expo that began two decades ago. Akin was a former business owner of Welcome Friends florist and she served on the former Farmington Chamber of Commerce.

“It was popular from the get go and now it has changed with everything online,” Akin said, explaining how many parents sign up youth for classes or sports online today.

The Farmington Community Expo still expects to attract thousands of residents and families this year as one of the most well attended annual events.  

“It is unique because it is hosted by the Farmington School District and we only have local businesses that are within Farmington School District boundaries because we could fill up with outside metro area businesses,” Akin said.

This year live entertainment will be given by Just for Kix Dance and Synergy Dance Center on the recital hall stage inside Farmington High School.

When guests arrive, they will be given a layout map and a bag to fill with all kinds of information from the more than 100 booths that represent community and civic groups, local businesses, churches and many adult and youth educational and sports groups.

Parents can sign up children for preschool classes like Wee Tigers, Kid Connection and Stepping Stones, an all-day preschool. There will be offerings from Early Childhood Family Education and community adult and youth enrichment classes.

“I think this is a good place to find out more information about local businesses,” Clementz said.

Many local retail, service and storefront businesses and restaurants will be represented, along with small businesses from Farmington Business Association.

“I think it is a really cool community event and a nice get together for people who do not know about local businesses, and they can come and see what it is all about and I think that is exciting,” Clementz said.

New this year will be an interactive photo booth that will allow guests and friends and families to take selfie photos for fun.

“We have a little petting zoo that returns with farm animals that will be set up in the southwest corner of the cafetorium and the kids really like that, and we will have free chair massage,” Clementz said.

Since Farmington Community Expo will be celebrating 20 years, there will be cake and refreshments offered.

“I am excited to be a part of the 20th annual Expo and I am so impressed with all the local businesses,” Clementz said.

There is still room for new groups. The signup deadline to participate is Jan. 15.

Interested groups can register online at www.farmingtonce.com, call (651) 460-3200 and connect on Facebook.

If You Go

What: 2018 Farmington Community Expo - 20 year anniversary

Partnership to showcase local Farmington organizations, civic, school and athletic groups, and businesses located within Farmington School District.

Farmington Community Expo serves as a venue to connect residents and a community event to develop stronger relationships.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 27

Where: Tiger Commons at Farmington High School, 20655 Flagstaff Ave., Farmington, MN   

Live entertainment: Just for Kix Dance will perform 9:30 to 10:10 a.m. and Synergy Dance Center groups will dance from 10:25 to 11:05 a.m. on stage inside the recital hall at Farmington High School.  

Connect: Facebook or register at (651) 460-3200 or visit www.farmingtonce.com.

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