An estimated 2,000 visitors passed through the doors of the Midlothian Conference Center, Saturday morning for the annual Experience Midlothian Expo. The expo sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce is planned as a day of family, fun and entertainment. The theme of this year’s event was connecting business and community. “This is a showcase of businesses and services to help make people aware of what is available in the city,” Midlothian Chamber of Commerce President Cammy Jackson said.
Participating in the expo for the first time was Brookshire's. The grocery store booked a booth and was this year's presenting sponsor.
“We are so proud to present this expo to the Midlothian community. It is an opportunity for us as a business to give back to the community for what we have been so fortunate to have received,” Store manager Jeremy Morton said. “We want to do our part to let everybody know what is available to them in the city. This is a good diverse group wanting to get the message out to the community.”
Several of the booths provided health information as well as health screenings for patrons as they made their way from booth to booth.
Baylor Medical and Methodist Family Health Care had booths providing healthy food choices and providing information on health care choices.
Sarah Reynolds was handing out apples and healthy food snacks.
“We want to show there are healthy snack choices that will help with a healthier lifestyle,” Reynolds said.
The city of Midlothian and the Midlothian School district had booths set up to provide information to the visitors.
Dr Jerome Stewart, the district’s superintendent was showcasing the many opportunities the district has to offer as well as showing off the plans of the district’s new high school campus. Several of the city’s departments had booths and provided assistance to citizens with questions. Members of the council were on hand as well as Mayor Bill Houston and City Manager Don Hastings.
“It’s good to get the community out to events like this. It’s all about community spirit,” Houston said.
“This is a good cross section of all the businesses and services. This matches well with the dynamics of the community we see coming here. This is also a great venue for a fun day for the whole family,” Hastings said.
Many businesses have been in the city for several years, but some are new comers. Alan Jackson of Handy Jack Commercial and Residential Repairs recently moved his business to Midlothian. His company has been in business for several years operating out of DeSoto.
“I recently decided to move my business to where I live and in an area I want to place more concentrationon,” Alan said.
In addition to the business expo, the chamber hosted the annual Taste of Midlothian for the third consecutive year. This year there were six restaurants that served up a variety of samples to the crowds.
“We have grown from year to year and this year we are at capacity. Next year we will be looking at options to maybe move the Taste of Midlothian out in the courtyard area,” Cammy said.
This year’s expo had 90 vendors plus six additional vendors for the Taste of Midlothian.
While the Expo’s visitors walked the tasting route, Melissa Cade provided entertainment with several of her own compositions.