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Community Expo: great Woodbury get-together

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Drawing thousands of people, as usual, the Woodbury Community Expo offered new discoveries for longtime community members, as well as the city’s newest residents. 

With more than 175 booths for business, government and nonprofit organizations, last Saturday’s Community Expo provided attendees with information about a myriad of services available at their fingertips -- an atmosphere that organizers touted as “main street for a day.”

Outside, there was a blood drive for the American Red Cross, a vehicle fair, Woodbury Parks and Recreation Puppet Wagon, and Woodbury Public Safety K-9 demonstration.

Free family entertainment and events included: an opening ceremony with the Woodbury High School Air Force JROTC and Woodbury Leadership Academy; the Enchanted Frozen Sisters; Wonderful World of Woody Variety Show; the Woodbury Leadership Academy Choir; Educational Magician Brian Richards; the Balloon Artistry by Mandana; Woodbury Dance Center’s Community Dancers; 3M Visiting Wizards; and the Bazillions. Shopping sprees for $250 at Byerly’s, $250 at Valley Creek Mall, and a grand prize shopping spree of $1,000 were given away.

The community stage boasted Yackel Dance, the Dalet Singers, Title Boxing, Tumi Troopers Kids Fitness, USA Karate, K&S Conservatory of Music and Excel-Lifeforce Martial Arts. 

More than 100 volunteers helped keep the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce’s signature event running. 

Chris Shaffer of WCCO-TV, Eric Rislove of Edward Jones Investments and Jill Hocking of Globe Education Network emceed.

Joey’s Pizza, Jersey Mike’s, Zantigo, Ze’s Diner, Bonfire, Dorothy Ann’s Bakery, Noodles and Co., and Rita’s Italian Ice provided free samples, as well as featured items for sale. 

Rasmussen College was the platinum sponsor of the event. Gold sponsors included the Woodbury Bulletin, Hillcrest Golf Club, Woodbury Dental Arts, School District 833, Woodbury Dance Center, Camp Cherith, the Urgency Room, and Peace of Mind Early Education Center. Silver sponsors included Heppner’s Auto Body, City & County Credit Union, Ideal Credit Union, Sam’s Club, the Pioneer Press, Wellington Management, Wings Financial Credit Union, the City of Woodbury, Xcel Energy, and Summit Orthopedics. Primrose School of Woodbury sponsored the community stage. Noran Neurological Clinic and HearthWood Kitchens sponsored the entertainment.