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One last hurrah before the bubble bursts

This year's Woodbury Community Expo is poised to burst the Bielenberg Sports Center bubble. Literally.

Just a few days after the big event, a piece of Woodbury's history will be gone, deflated, making room for a more permanent building to house many more public gatherings over its lifetime.

The fourth Annual Woodbury Community Expo, slated for Saturday, April 6, will act as one last big hurrah, before it waves farewell to the dome and field house, where it's been held since its inception.

"It's exciting that we're a part of Woodbury history," said Heidi Hickey, member services director for the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce and Expo coordinator. "A lot of people have had memories in that building. I think it'll be important for them to say goodbye."

The Chamber-sponsored event will feature more than 167 booths, entertainment galore and food for all family members to enjoy.

Attendance has been on the rise since the first year, going from about 2,500 to the 3,000 and 4,000 mark.

"I think that this particular event has the opportunity to get as big as any facility can hold," Hickey said.

So with this being the last time at the dome, she's sure the Expo will run out of space before it could accommodate all interested vendors.

"Really, we've outgrown the facility with the potential of this show," Hickey said.

The city of Woodbury worked with the Chamber to set a demolition date that wouldn't interfere with this year's Expo. Construction for the newly expanded Bielenberg Sports Center is set to begin the week following the event.

A facility double the size of the current one is even more exciting for Expo coordinators, Hickey said, with more opportunities for vendors, visitors and entertainment next year.

"That's why I'm saying we're bursting the bubble -- we've outgrown the current facility," she said. "It's an opportunity moving forward to grow the show to a new level. The expansion will be well-timed for us."

This year's event features new attractions as well as some returning sights. Among the new events featured is a tablet giveaway. Hickey said people can enter the drawing by visiting the Expo's Facebook page.

At least four tablets will be given away during the event. Winners must be present at the Expo by 4 p.m. in order to claim their prizes.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.