Aurora -- The annual Aurora Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Showcase is "a chance to celebrate the best our community has to offer, to say hello to old friends, to meet new ones and to enjoy free family fun," according to Laura Holman, Chamber of Commerce executive director.

The event is planned for March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aurora High School.

About 60 registered exhibitors are expected. About 50 of those are from area businesses, she said, and the rest are non-profit groups including the city of Aurora and the Aurora Schools Foundation.

The Aurora Choir Boosters will provide refreshments throughout the event for exhibitors and attendees. Even Snoopy will be there.

"The showcase provides a unique opportunity to bring together all the best that Aurora has to offer," she said. "Our area businesses are proud of the work they do and the service and products they offer. They look forward to meeting their customers, thanking them for their loyalty and introducing themselves to those customers they haven't yet met.

"Our local non-profit agencies want the community to know they are working hard to support those in need, and also provide information about ways to get involved," she added. "Participation by representatives from our city and schools gives residents and business owners that one-on-one exposure to what's happening within our community."

Everyone attending the showcase can expect to be entertained, Holman said. "We have a schedule packed with local talent," she said, including student performers from two preschools, the Aurora School of Music, Harmon School and the high school.

"AN EXCITING addition this year will be a performance by Aurora High School's inline percussion ensemble," she said. "This high-energy, choreographed light and drum show will be presented in the auxiliary gym from 10:40 to 11 a.m."

Other entertainment will include the Aurora Children's Day Center from 10 to 10:20 a.m., the Leighton Leaping Stars from 10:20 to 10:40 a.m., the Aurora High School Pop A Capella group from 11 to 11:20 a.m., Hope Christian Nursery School from 11:20 to 11:40 a.m., the Aurora School of Music from 11:40 to 12:40 p.m., Harmon School choir from 12:40 to 1:40 p.m. and Yoga Life [demonstrations by Suzanne] from 1:40 to 2 p.m.

Ongoing entertainment will include Snoopy and Swifty the Clown creating balloon sculptures.

Holman said everyone who comes to the showcase will receive a "passport" to be stamped as they visit the exhibits. Every completed passport provides a chance to win one of many prizes donated by the exhibitors. There will be a number of raffles and giveaways sponsored by individual exhibitors as well.

She said there will also be "perennial favorites" on hand, including Portage County Soap Box Derby car rides and the chance for youngsters to play tennis with the pros from the Western Reserve Racquet & Fitness Club.

Holman said she loves watching everyone enjoy being together at the showcase.

"I am very proud to be a part of a community that values building relationships, and the showcase provides an opportunity for that to shine," she said.


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