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Community expo: Fill up on community information Saturday

The number 13 sometimes conjures thoughts of bad luck, but there's nothing bad about 13 when it comes to this year's Farmington Community Expo.

It turns out, this is the 13th year of the community expo, and this one promises to be the biggest, and perhaps the best, in the event's history. With 110 exhibitors ready for Saturday morning -- the most in the 13-year run -- and a new location, there will be lots for residents to see and do.

The community expo has been held at Farmington High School for a number of years, and this year is no exception. But this time it's at the new high school on Flagstaff Avenue. That means that folks who might not have seen the new building yet will have a really good reason to come and check it out for the first time.

But with that new space comes a few new opportunities said Barbara Pierce, community education's adult and community program coordinator. Since there is more space available, there was room for more businesses, organizations and clubs to register this year.

There will be plenty to see and do, too. Information for city and community ed programs will be available, as will registration information for preschool. Pierce points out that parents are able to register their children for preschool in a few weeks, so this is a good opportunity for parents of young children to stop by and find out what the program is all about.

Besides the city and school district information, a number of home-based businesses will be set up. These distributors will not be able to sell their products at the expo, but interested visitors can find out about products and schedule home shows.

Many of Farmington's churches have registered, Pierce said, as have several civic organizations, like the Farmington Education Association, Warrior to Citizen, Farmington Rotary and the American Legion.

Local businesses are also featured at the expo. Visitors can stop by booths for home remodeling, financial organizations, medical clinics, photography studios, real estate offices, restaurants, and a few retail businesses.

"It's only open to businesses that are operating within the school district boundaries," Pierce said. "We really are trying to highlight the local businesses that support the school district. It's been a benefit for both of them. The Farmington businesses have a captive audience, and they support our community and our schools."

There will be several performances and demonstrations going on during the morning. Just for Kix danceline and the Farmington High School drum line will perform, and there will be cooking demonstrations with resident cook, Chef Diane. And, a new dry land hockey program is set to demonstrations in the gymnasium.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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