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February 17, 2010

Deadline approaching for Trade Expo, Taste of Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE — The deadline to sign up for a booth at the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd annual Trade Expo and Taste of Huntsville is Tuesday.

The expo will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. March 4 at the Walker County Fairgrounds.

Chamber office manager Shannon Higbie said the Trade Expo is open to any business in Walker County and to Chamber members.

Participants will be provided an 8- by 10-foot booth space with a draped backdrop, skirted table and chairs.

Booth prices begin at $175. Booths with electricity are $200 and corner booths are $285.

Higbie said 75 booths have been sold with 28 remaining.

She said the Trade Expo is an opportunity for businesses to showcase and promote their products and services, network with fellow business owners, receive leads and referrals, obtain feedback from customers and make media contacts.

In addition, Higbie said the Chamber is needing a sponsor for the Taste of Huntsville and “we’re looking for a few more restaurants. We have only seven restaurants signed up.”

The Taste of Huntsville will be held on the east side of the Main Building at the fairgrounds in the covered patio area.

Food ranges from Mexican dishes to pizza, seafood and omelets.

“We’re going to have a theme for the Taste of Huntsville — ‘Freedom Hall’ — a tribute to U.S. troops,” Higbie said. “HEARTS Veterans Museum volunteers will help with the decorations.”

Tickets for the Taste of Huntsville are $5 and are only available at the entrance on March 4.

“We have always had a really good response for that,” Higbie said. “And the restaurants have been known to run out of food sometimes.”

An outdoor recreational area will be located in the back corner on the west side of the building.

“There will be everything from trucks and tractors and recreational vehicles,” she said. “Anything to do with recreation and outdoors.”

She said volunteers are needed to assist in making plans and carrying out arrangements.

Higbie expects at least 2,500 people to attend.

“That’s what we’ve averaged the last few years,” she said.

The Chamber will be giving away a $500 cash prize, sponsored by First National Bank, Community Service Credit Union and Walker County Federal Credit Union.

Wiesner-Huntsville, the event’s corporate sponsor, will be giving away oil changes and a Wal-Mart gift card and exhibitors will also have free giveaways.

Trade Expo tickets are free in advance and available at the Chamber office or from

any of the exhibitors, or they are $2 at the door.

For more information or to register, call (936) 295-8113.

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