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Woodbury Community Expo: Something for everyone

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It's safe to say, the 2016 Woodbury Community Expo had a little bit of everything, and something for everyone.

By the time the six-hour expo was winding down, Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Tuccitto Warren was tired. Tired, but happy. Happy, because she heard nothing but positive comments from visitors and vendors alike, all day long.

"I thought it went extremely well," Tuccitto Warren said. "The exhibitors were great, the booths looked amazing. Everyone said it looked just amazing."

From the opening ceremony to the final drawings, the gymnasium at East Ridge High School was filled with vendors and visitors. Two stages provided plenty of space for continuous entertainment all day long. A kids' corner gave younger visitors time to do fun stuff like have their faces painted or jump in a bounce house.

With nearly 180 vendors set up in the gymnasium, visitors had ample opportunity to search out vendors and services.

Meanwhile, outside, kids and their parents could check out some of the bigger vehicles from the City of Woodbury, or play on some grown-up toys provided by Fractional Toy Store. The American Red Cross also held a blood donation drive during the Expo.

Tuccitto Warren estimates the attendance about 9,000 people during the course of the day, and attendance was steady from the beginning of the day right up to the end.

"There was no break," Tuccitto Warren said. "There was just no break. We were busy all day long."

This was the first year the Community Expo was held in March; typically, it has been held in April.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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