Revamped Business Expo is Saturday

While there are several new factors for this year’s spring business showcase, New Prague area residents will still be able to have some fun and find out what the area has to offer.

The New Prague Business and Community Expo will be held 12 noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Park Ballroom, 300 Lexington Ave. S. Kristy Mach, executive director of the New Prague Chamber of Commerce, said there are already 47 exhibitors signed up for the expo, although registration will continue until Friday, March 22.

The Chamber announced in January that it was taking sole responsibility for the event. It was partly due to the "unfortunate closing of Mobilize Montgomery," one of the organizations that cosponsored the event.

In January, the Chamber stressed it welcomed all area businesses and organizations from New Prague, Montgomery and Lonsdale. Those communities are represented this Saturday as well as Prior Lake, Jordan, Farmington and the Twin Cities Metro Area.

Mach said among the exhibitors will be two different green houses, landscaping, grills, health care services and photography. Great Clips will also color youths’ hair and give away a free hair cut every hour. Zap Arcade of Jordan will have a few arcade games on site.

The expo was formerly held Sunday at the New Prague Area Community Center. The Chamber made the changes after listening to vendors and visitors.

"We’ve had a lot of positive feedback," Mach said about the changes.

There is still a Czech Country flair, as the Park Ballroom will be serving up meals of pork and dumplings and cabbage rolls. The free event will have entertainment including Officer Dan Anselment reading from his children’s book "Officer Dan Looks for Clues" at 12:30 p.m., Ovations Dance Company at 2 p.m., Snap Fitness Studio Classes at 3 p.m. and New Prague Dance Company at 4 p.m. Schoenbauer’s Country Corral will have a petting zoo and there will be kettle corn available. KCHK Radio will be doing live remotes at the expo and providing music throughout the event.