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September 28, 2013

Community Expo slated for Oct. 5

Corsicana — The Inaugural Community Expo and Taste of Navarro County will take place next weekend, with good food and local businesses all on display.

Ellis County has done similar events, but this is a first for Navarro County, according to Robin Lasher, with the Navarro College Small Business Development Center.

“It’s really an opportunity to give greater exposure to small businesses,” Lasher explained. “It really is an opportunity for the community to know what’s in their backyard, and for small businesses to put their best foot forward and let them know what they really do.”

The Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Cook Center on the Navarro College campus, 3200 W. Seventh Ave., in Corsicana. Admission is free and open to the public.

Each person entering the free Expo will receive a card which allows them to eat a sample from each of the dozen restaurants serving up their finest fare. Bringing food to the tables will be Kinsloe House, Taqueria El Rey, Bittersweet Boutique, Affordable Affairs, Cotton Patch, Tortilleria Matehuala, Big O’s Seafood Shack, Collin Street Bakery, Chili’s, Cici’s Pizza, and Navarro Regional Hospital — Morrison Food Service.

In addition, there will be 50 tables of local businesses and organizations offering things for sale, and information about their companies.

“We’re booked. We have a waiting list,” said Debbie Wilson, one of the Expo committee members. “And food vendors, we’re doing great on that, too.”

The food vendors will be in a side meeting room, with access to the larger room, where the vendors will be doing demonstrations and selling goods.

Among the vendors will be boutiques, jewelers, party and scrapbook vendors and service providers, new businesses, such as the Cancer Center, and some of the city’s longest-running, like the Children’s Shop.

The event is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is made possible through the generosity of several sponsors, including Lelanie Petty Insurance Group, Community National Bank & Trust, Cook Education Center, Corsicana Main Street, Republican Party of Navarro County, Greenworx Printing, Corsicana Daily Sun, and Carl White Autoplex.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Lasher said. “It should be a pretty lively event.”

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