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Community Expo: A pretty good reputation

It seems like the Woodbury Community Expo is getting a bit of a reputation -- and a good one, at that.

Slated for Saturday, March 19, the seventh annual Woodbury Community Expo promises to be as big as possible -- and that’s no lie. The exhibit booths all sold out seven weeks before the event, and many of the popular attractions are back for another year.

So what makes it such a big deal? Well, Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Tuccitto Warren thinks it all comes down to one word: community.

“It has one major theme, and that is to bring the community together,” she said. “It gives people a chance to shop Main Street all at once, in one area. Now it has become one of the major events in bringing the community together in the east metro area, and we’re very excited about that.”

There will be several chances for visitors to either meet and greet Star Wars characters, or to see a related performance.

A total of 176 exhibitor booths and eight food booths will be set up inside East Ridge High School. Outside, Expo Event Manager Amanda Roseth said, a vehicle fair is going to be set up.

Of course, the vehicle fair will include the big toys -- fire trucks, public works trucks and police cars -- but recreational vehicles like snowmobiles and campers are also going to be available from Fractional Toys.

There will also be a kids area where a bounce house will be set up. A number of kids activities are planned, too.

The main stage features the Star Wars show, but there are also new acts including a reptile show, and a new juggling and magic show by Perpetual Vaudeville.

Vendors come from just about every walk of life in Woodbury. There will be several new vendors this year, as well as many who are coming back. This year, Roseth said, a lot of remodeling and home-improvement companies have registered, and there are many boutique-style businesses registered, as well.

She attributes the popularity to the Woodbury Community Expo’s outstanding reputation.

“I think it’s just that the Expo has built a reputation for itself, and we have a large percentage of exhibitors that, as it continues to build, creates that demand. People are contacting us before we even announce the date.It’s truly the largest trade show of its kind in the east metro and people know that and want to get in on it,” Roseth said.

She attributes its popularity with visitors to that same reputation.

“The same thing goes with the residents of Woodbury and the surrounding communities. People know what to expect. They know it’s a free family event. They can get free resources. It’s an outing for the kids, and it’s just an event that the whole family will enjoy,” she said.

The seventh annual Woodbury Community Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at East Ridge High School. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce website,, or the chamber’s Facebook page,


The 2016 Woodbury Community Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at East Ridge High School, 4125 Radio Drive, Woodbury. The event, which is free and open to all, will include booths for more than 175 local businesses and restaurants, activities for kids, entertainment and opportunities to win cash and gift cards.

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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