TWINSBURG — Twinsburg area residents looking for a family friendly activity can find three in one location March 7 at Twinsburg High School, when the 2020 Twinsburg In Search of Show Expo, the Blue Ribbon Schools Pancake Breakfast, and the PTA Community Carnival will offer breakfast, family diversions and information on community businesses and organizations, all at the same time.
All of the events run from 9 a.m. to noon.
The In Search of Show expo is free to the public and is being hosted by the Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce.
The expo will feature about 30 vendors, said Chamber president Angelo Carcioppolo. The booths will have information, activities and some giveaways.
"Our presenting sponsor is Kent State, along with four event sponsors; Goodwill, Carstar Tim’s Collison, Independence Village, and State Farm – Jill & Joe Gaba Agency," Carcioppolo said.
Guests who arrive hungry can have breakfast.
This is the fourth year for the Blue Ribbon Schools Pancake Breakfast, said Walt Hoffman, co-chair of the Blue Ribbon Schools Committee. This is the second year that the breakfast has been scheduled at the same time as the Chamber of Commerce's annual expo.
"It was extremely successful," Hoffman said of last year's events. "We recognized that we were feeding each other. Those who came for the breakfast then went to the expo, and vendors at the expo would come over to the breakfast."
The Blue Ribbon Schools Committee provides support for the Twinsburg City Schools, Hoffman said. For example, the committee will host fundraisers such as the breakfast to raise money to fund a levy campaign. Public schools are not allowed by law to use district funds for elections issues, he added.
In addition to pancakes, sausage, milk, coffee, juice and water, there will be entertainment provided by the district's students, as well as a basket raffle and a 50/50 raffle.
"The community can be exposed to all the talent in the schools," Hoffman said. "They can discover just how good the quality of education they have in Twinsburg.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens; children 2 and younger eat free.
"A lot of the materials we use are donated," Hoffman said. Around 40 volunteers will prepare and serve the breakfast.
Mark Bindus, the district dietitian, said that "this year we are planning on going through 7 gallons of syrup, 60 gallons of pancake batter, 15 gallons of OJ and about 22 gallons of chocolate and white milk."
In addition to checking out the vendors’ booths, those in attendance can have a little extra fun at the PTA Community Carnival.
Tina Negrelli, the president of the Wilcox Primary PTA, said this is the first year that the district's PTA will sponsor the carnival during the pancake breakfast and expo.
"Carnival booths will be set up and include games such as Plinko, Ski Ball and Milk Can Toss," Negrelli said. "All participants will go home with a prize bag. The carnival is free to families thanks to a donation from the Wilcox Primary PTA. We are excited to add this event to the Pancake Breakfast and Expo this year and look forward to welcoming families from throughout the Twinsburg Community."
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