Greenville expo highlights new high school facility

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:50 am on Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The Flat River Dancers were the first performers of the night at the Greenville Expo and Taste of Home Talent Show. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — Tuesday night marked another successful event for the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Greenville Expo and Taste of Home.

The event was held at the Greenville High School to help showcase the new facility for those who do not get a chance to see it on a regular basis.

“It’s been about seven years since we had it at the high school,” said Chamber Co-director Gae Wolfe.

She explained Klackle Orchards & Pavilion hosted the event the last seven years, which highlighted The Pavilion.

The Greenville Expo and Taste of Home event went “very well,” according to Wolfe, who said the event included 57 vendors.

Fun children’s activities were available at the Greenville Expo and Taste of Home event Tuesday evening at Greenville High School, including balloon animals. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Besides the change of venue, another new addition to the event this year was allowing the talent show to perform in the Greenville Performing Arts Center.

In the past, Wolfe said the show was next to the vendors and caused complications with vendors and visitors who were trying to speak to one another. It also took away from the people in the show.

“It defeated the purpose for both,” Wolfe said.

Since the chamber began holding the Expo and  Taste of Home, Russell Plumbing and Heating employees have been attending the event as a vendor.

“We are a customer-service company,” said co-owner Jeff Jensen. “It’s a good way to keep our name out there.”

Jensen said he likes to attend the event because he not only gets to see new, potential customers, but he also gets to see some of his regular customers and their families as well. Most questions he received at the Expo were about heating and the best ways to upgrade.

Chamber Co-Director Candy Kerschen said the Greenville Taste of Home portion went better than in previous years.

“Last year we sold about 450 passports,” Kerschen said. “So that is how many we printed this year and we sold out at about 6:15 p.m.”

This was the third year for the food passports, which allowed people to check off different food venues and keep track of which ones were their favorites.

Clifford Lake Inn owner Connie McKeown said this her business’ second time attending the event.

“We want to showcase we are open during the winter and not just the summer,” McKeown said, noting they were promoting their catering side as well.

Her favorite part about the event was seeing the people — both local and ones from out-of-town.

Greenville residents Sara and Russ DeVries said this is their second year attending the event.

“It’s fun to get information about the local businesses,” Sara DeVries said.

Russ DeVries said he enjoyed tasting the food offered through Greenville Taste of Home.

Both said they plan on returning to the Expo in future years.

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