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Lemont businesses, park district to be highlighted at weekend expo

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 2:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 9:29 a.m. CDT
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T-USA Martial Arts will give a demonstration during the Community Showcase and Expo Saturday at the Lemont Park District CORE.

LEMONT – For the fourth year, the Lemont Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Lemont Park District for a Community Showcase and Expo at the Lemont Park District CORE Fitness and Aquatics Complex, 16050 127th St.

The event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, serves as both a showcase for local businesses and an open house for the park district.

Additionally this year, the Lemont Public Library will participate by providing a story time at 10:30 a.m.

Chamber Executive Director Joanna Kmiec said the event had been held during the spring in past years.

“We moved it up to the winter this year,” she said. “We think people would like to get out and do something during this dreadful winter.”

She said 26 businesses from Lemont and other towns will have tables at the event.

Sticking with the theme “Passport to Lemont and Beyond,” attendees can have passports stamped at the tables, Kmiec said.

Those who get stamps from all the businesses can enter a raffle. The prizes are a $300 Southwest Airlines gift card, an annual membership to the CORE and a $100 Lemont Chamber of Commerce gift certificate to be used at chamber member businesses.

Park District Guest Services Communications Manager Carlene Dickman said the park district will offer a free look at some of its programs and amenities, including fitness classes and swim time.

There will be demonstrations of cookie and cake decorating, Lemont Park District Karate, Little Wings Music and T-USA Martial Arts.

There will also be face painting, children’s games and jumpee, Dickman said.

Kmiec said the expo is more than a means to showcase local businesses.

“It’s going to be a fun event,” she said. “It’s very family oriented.”

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