Hudson -- The Chamber of Commerce has picked a new location and a later date for the Community Expo to make it easier for businesses and organizations to meet residents and potential customers.
The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the one-day Expo April 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hudson High School, 2500 Hudson Aurora Road. Admission is free.
"It's a great family event for little kids to senior citizens," said Chamber of Commerce President Carolyn Konefal. "You can familiarize yourself with everything available in town."
The Expo hasn't been at the high school for more than 15 years, Konefal said.
It was at East Woods Elementary School in the past, where parking has always been an issue.
"We survey the vendors, and parking comes up every year at East Woods," Konefal said.
The Chamber in the past had difficultly scheduling a time for the Expo at the high school because it's so heavily used, Konefal said. It revisited the issue this year, and although April 13 is later than usual, the organization is comfortable with it.
At the Expo, businesses and organizations will host booths where residents can talk with representatives, enter contests and receive free gifts. Although no sales are permitted, orders can be taken and appointments scheduled.
"It's been called Trick or Treat for adults," Konefal said.
Businesses and organizations should reserve a booth by Feb. 22. A standard booth is $225 for Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce members and $375 for non-members. Booths include a table, chairs and signage.
Gold Sponsor booths for $550 are available in prime locations. Restaurants and gourmet shops can sponsor an hour at the Food Showcase for $50 per hour and provide samples of food, beverages and cooking demonstrations.
There is room for 102 booths in the auxiliary gym, and the commons provides more space for entertainment, Konefal said.
So far, entertainment will include Jungle Terry's animal show, the Bubble Lady, Amanda's Elaborate Eyes Face and Body painting, a Jo-Ann Stores kid's craft area and the Hudson Community Chorus. More entertainment is being lined up, Konefal said.
There will be a variety of vendors, local businesses, churches and non-profit organizations, along with representatives from the city and schools. In addition, visitors will be able recycle certain electronics at a truck on site.
For more information, call 330-650-0621. Information and forms are available at www.explorehudson.com.