Business expo, Cruisin’ the Square combine on Oct. 14

By on October 11, 2017

Danae Martin, a 2017 Manheim Central graduate, created the logo for the Oct. 14 Cruisin’ the Square and Business Expo.

Manheim’s Market Square will be the setting for not one, but two events in October. Manheim Lions Club and Manheim Chamber are partnering to host the 17th annual Cruisin’ the Square classic car and motorcycle show and the 18th annual Business Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 14. The rain date is Oct. 21.

Historic Market Square is the perfect backdrop for the nearly 200 vehicles that will be on display. The event, which draws vehicles owners and car fans from the region, originated with the Manheim Downtown Development Group. With that organization’s demise, it was hosted last year by MCFEE (Manheim Central Foundation for Educational Enrichment). This year it’s being co-hosted by the Manheim Lions and Manheim Chamber.

“We’re excited to be part of continuing the car show tradition in partnership with the Manheim Chamber,” said Lions Club member Aaron Henderson. “Market Square is a great place to hold this event; it gives us the opportunity to show off our downtown area. Events like this bring people out of their homes and help foster pride in our community.”

While the cars are the stars on the pavement, businesses take center stage on the sidewalks surrounding the square.

“The Expo provides our member businesses with a fantastic opportunity to showcase their goods and services and connect with community members,” said Chamber administrative coordinator Kelly Lauver. “It continues to be our goal to have a variety of exhibitors at the expo. The only difference this year is the location; holding it along the square in conjunction with the car show is part of our goal of continued success and variety by always keeping the business xxpo fresh and new.”

Location isn’t the only change for the expo; it’s being held on a different day. The past several years, it had been held Thursday during Farm Show week in the Manheim Central High School gym. Lauver said that was possible since students have vacation days Thursday and Friday during Farm Show week. This year, the calendar is different, and students do not have vacation days during Farm Show.

“It’s good to change things up periodically for the expo. Our expo is not only a business-to-business event, but we also reach out to area consumers,” she explained. “The car show is a huge draw for the area, so businesses will still have the chance to reach consumers.”

Manheim Community Library will continue to be a part of the business expo. This year the library is partnering with Big Dream Creative Arts Studio to create a children’s craft and story corner area. It will feature crafts and snacks. Youth librarian Colleen Gergely will host story time on the hour between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The logo for this year’s event was created by Danae Martin, the 2017 Manheim Central graduate who created the logo for last year’s car show.

Children’s activities; live entertainment by Steel Radiance, a high energy all-girl band featuring the great sounds of classic rock and blues; and food will round out the event. Hand-blown glass trophies crafted by the artisans at Stiegel Glassworks 1976 will be presented to car show winners.

For more information about the event, including registration for both the car show and business expo, visit manheimchamber.com.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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