By Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chelsea Expo wrapped up its 12th year last week, taking place at the Chelsea Senior Center on Saturday, Apr. 14. The Expo began as a way to bring in vendors and services for senior citizens but in 2011 they decided to make it a more community-based event.
Since then, the Expo has seen continued growth and success and this year over 130 vendors packed into the old Chelsea High School, now the senior center, from 10 am. to 3 p.m. offering everything from real estate services, to senior citizen care, to local businesses.
Trinh Pifer, Executive Director at the Chelsea Senior Citizen and a main organizer of the Expo, told The Sun Times that over the years as the event has become more family oriented, more businesses and people are seen each year.
Products, services, and samples were available from businesses and vendors from the Chelsea community as well as other businesses who have gradually become part of the Expo year in and year out.
The Expo has had many vendors who have been coming since the event first began and has become a great way to network with local Chelsea businesses and stay involved in the community.
Since the Expo has turned into a more community and family focused event there has been an expansion of products and services available that made the event more family oriented.
Company C, a show choir from Chelsea High School performed at the Expo. The SRSLY coalition, which promotes healthy choices amongst youth, had a kid zone with arts, crafts, and games. The Mighty Cukes, strolling group of Ukulele musicians from the senior center, walked around the halls in the morning playing tunes.
The event, which was staffed by community volunteers and volunteers from the Chelsea Senior Center also offered a bake sale and lunch options were available with all proceeds going to the Chelsea School District.