COLUMBIA CITY â Sixty different businesses, nonprofit organizations and vendors will converge on Indian Springs Middle School for the Whitley County Expo Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Whitley County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event and Executive Director Doug Brown said this yearâs expo is âmore like a party than a business fair.â
âVendors are still signing up and the numbers are still coming in,â Brown said. âWe have some unusual vendors and quite a few that are here for the first time. Itâs a completely different show than in years past.â
Originally the expo was scheduled as an annual event in April, but this year the expo is almost a month earlier. Bumping up the time frame has welcomed more landscapers and out-door businesses to the show.
In the past, approximately 1,000 people have come through the middle school. Brown said a bit of âtweakingâ to the layout of the show will give vendors a more convenient approach and those visiting the vendors will find the traffic flow easier to navigate.
Entertainment will be provided by groups such as Dance âTil U Drop, Hit The Floor Dance Studio, The Red Hat Strutters and others. Door prizes and drawings will offer attendees some freebies.
âThis is about putting vendors and people together,â Brown said. âIn the end, people will get a chance to connect with the countyâs businesses and possibly make new relationships. All around it is a positive event for everyone.â
Indian Springs Middle School is located off Ind. 9 south of Columbia City.