By Starrla Cray
HOWARD LAKE, MN Chances are at least 1,000 people will be at the Howard Lake Expo Saturday, March 20 and with free breakfast, entertainment, and a chance to explore area businesses, who can blame them?
The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Middle School (not high school, as reported in the print version).
There is no charge for the event, and the public is encouraged to attend.
Exhibits from businesses in Howard Lake and the surrounding area are the main attraction, and will be located in the gym. Businesses from any city are welcome to reserve a booth.
“We often have exhibits from Delano, Buffalo, Montrose, the Twin Cities area, and many other towns,” business association treasurer Bonnie Seegmiller said. “We want everybody from everywhere.”
The expo gives people an opportunity to learn more about what’s available in the area. Businesses are able to showcase their skills and network with fellow businessmen and potential clients.
“We’ve got a couple new ones from other areas this year,” Seegmiller said.
The majority of the exhibitors, however, have been at the expo before.
“They find it’s very advantageous to come back every year,” Seegmiller said. “We gather information about what we could improve on, and usually people are very, very happy with the way things are going.”
The Howard Lake Expo isn’t limited in the type of business that can exhibit, either. Crafts, service industries, manufacturing, and all others are welcome.
There is a special section for health and medical services, Seegmiller said.
In addition to the exhibits, community members are encouraged to stay for a free pancake and sausage breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria, sponsored by the Howard Lake Business Association.
In the commons area, there will be a makeover contest from area hairdressers, as well as a performance by the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted jazz band.
In addition, the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted drama club will be performing a shortened version of the play, “Murder in the House of Horrors.”
Reserve a booth
There is still space available for businesses who would like to have a booth at the Howard Lake Expo, Saturday, March 20.
Businesses from any city are welcome to reserve a space, and there is no late fee.
Call Bonnie Seegmiller at (320) 543-2650.