Business expo changes deemed a success


Members of Ovation Dance Company perform at the New Prague Business and Community Expo on Sunday, March 24, at the Park Ballroom. There were 53 vendors at the annual event, which was at a new location under a new name. More photos on Page 15; to see more photos click on the blue button, lower right. (Patrick Fisher Photo)

The changes to the New Prague Business and Community Expo were deemed a success by vendors and area residents attending the Saturday, March 23, event.

"Every exhibitor felt it was a success," said Kristy Mach, executive director of the New Prague Chamber of Commerce, organizers of the expo. There were 53 exhibitors showcasing various businesses and community organizations.

"Everybody I talked to liked the more intimate atmosphere," said Mach about the new location, the Park Ballroom in New Prague. She noted people also liked the variety of businesses and organizations represented.

Among the vendors was Barb Hedstrom of Scott County Parks. She explained the changes that have taken place and are planned for Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, northeast of New Prague to Casha and Joy Enge of rural New Prague. The mother and daughter listened, pointing out they live near the park.

Great Clips had a nearly steady line of children, and a few adults, getting their hair sprayed various colors. Lynn Bauer watched as her daughter Lillian, registered to win a large stuffed monkey at the Drug Express booth.

Mach said the vendors told her that "People really seemed interested in what they had."

The area’s Czech Country influence was strong as the Czech Heritage Club and the Domaci Dancers both had booths. A line formed for meals as the Park Ballroom served up pork and dumplings and cabbage rolls.

Vendors and attendees came from the surrounding area, including New Prague, Jordan, Montgomery, Lonsdale, Farmington and Belle Plaine.