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Community expo, Lions breakfast on tap for Saturday

February 17, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Come for the sausage and pancakes in the cafeteria first and then spend the next few hours meeting and talking to the people who work in and run the businesses that serve the community of Waynesboro.

For the ninth time since 1996, the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce and the Waynesboro Lions Club are joining up to put on the Lions Club's sausage and pancake breakfast and the chambers' Community Lifestyle Expo, said MaryBeth Hockenberry, the chamber's executive director.

The breakfast runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Waynesboro Area Senior High School cafeteria and the expo from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

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Tickets for the breakfast are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 5-12. The expo is free.

Both events usually draw about 1,000 people, she said.

"The chamber of commerce put the expo together to showcase the businesses that serve the community," Hockenberry said. "It's been growing every year. The first year we had 15 exhibitors. This year there are 34."

This year the chamber of commerce will have a booth in the expo for the first time, Hockenberry said.

"It's our expo and we've never been in it before," she said. "We'll be giving out phone books and maps.

"People come to eat breakfast then go into the gym to see the exhibits," she said. "It's a great way for residents to learn about the businesses that serve them. There's a really good mix of exhibitors."

Among them are area banks, a bed and breakfast, assisted living facilities, Waynesboro Hospital, funeral homes, three area newspapers, including The Herald-Mail, and many area retailers, Hockenberry said.

Most exhibitors hand out freebies and give-aways, she said. Some give out food baskets, many hand out gift certificates, others offer subscriptions. Patrons also can win cash off the money tree.

The Lions Club and chamber split the overhead costs for the events, including rent for the school facilities, fire police service and janitors. The chamber pays to rent the booths and tables.

Last year, the chamber netted about $1,800, Hockenberry said.

She remembers coming to the expo during its early years as an exhibitor. At the time she worked for Hanover Capital Management, a financial services company.

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