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Expo draws thousands to East Ridge High School

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The Expo main stage audience got face-to-face with different critters, including this snake, during a Minnesota Zoomobile presentation. (Bulletin staff photos) 2 / 7
Seven-year-old Lola Hurley of Maplewood gets her face painted in the kids area by Brianah Blomgren.3 / 7
Master Kim's Tae Kwon Do studio offered the chance for Expo visitors to try their hand at breaking a board4 / 7
The Footprints Academy choir performs on the Entertainment Stage at the Expo.5 / 7
The bug zone was a popular attraction at this year’s Woodbury Community Expo.6 / 7
Dazzling Dave Yo-Yo Master entertained attendees at the main stage with various tips and tricks.7 / 7

The sun broke out and the masses began moving again.

After days of heavy rains and gloomy weather, the skies opened on Saturday, May 3, just in time for the Woodbury Community Expo.

Thousands of visitors came out to the fifth-annual event, held this year for the first time at East Ridge High School.

Visitors stayed busy inside and out.

Before entering the building, they were treated to a gallery of the city of Woodbury’s biggest vehicles to peruse. Those wishing to partake had a first-ever chance to donate blood at the Expo at a bloodmobile parked outside.

Inside, Expo-goers enjoyed local eats provided by Woodbury-area restaurants set adjacent to a family-friendly entertainment stage.

The bulk of the action was in the East Ridge gymnasium, where hundreds of area businesses exhibited their goods and services. The Expo’s main stage was also in the gym, where audiences got a taste of everything from a children’s choir to improvisational comedy to a yo-yo master.

Meanwhile, a nearby kids area provided face painting, crazy hair, an inflatable gym and other activities.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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