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Expo arrives in Imlay City

Dozens of vendors, entertainment coming to high school April 24-25

The primary architects behind the Imlay City Expo are Erin Wetzel, Gene Rosati, Rod Soule, Ron Stalker, Ellen West-Cuny and Bob Cuny.

April 21, 2010
IMLAY CITY — Organizers of the 2010 "Imlay City Spring Expo" have been pulling out the stops in anticipation of this weekend's big event at Imlay City High School.

The second annual "Expo" runs from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, and from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 25. Admission is just $5, with children 15 and under admitted free. See insert and advertisement in today's edition of the Tri-City Times for $2 off discount coupons.

This year's event features more than 60 vendors, along with business seminars, children's activities and live entertainment on the Expo stage.

Business owner Rod Soule acknowledged fellow organizers Erin Wetzel, Gene Rosati, Ron Stalker, Ellen West-Cuny and Bob Cuny for their commitment to making this year's Expo bigger and better than the 2009 inaugural show.

Their shared efforts are already paying off, says Soule, pointing out that the show has expanded in physical size (to include the high school gymnasium) and in vendor participation to upwards of 60 local businesses.

Soule says the addition of live music, demonstrations and business seminars will provide even more impetus to join in the fun.

While supporting local businesses is the primary goal of the organizers, the event's outstanding lineup of entertainers offers a special bonus for attendees.

Saturday's entertainment includes: Story Time, conducted by Miss Teresa of the Imlay City Library, Imlay City Martial Arts (demo), Just Dance, Copper Creek Band, the Mexican Adelitas dance troupe and comedian Josh Mills. The day's headliner is popular local singer Katie Whitis-Brady, who takes the Expo stage at 7:45 p.m.

Oopsy Daisy the Clown will be on hand both days to entertain kids and parents with her magic and balloon art.

Getting back to business, Saturday's seminars will be conducted by Gayle Coulter of Coulter Real Estate ("Foreclosures, Hope and Opportunity"); Peggy Collins, Pampered Chef; and Ellen West-Cuny, Mary Kay products.

On Sunday 25, Gene Rosati presents a seminar on Landscape Design, followed by a program from Driven Youth. Later, Louise Thomas presents a seminar entitled, "Mortgages."

Zoomba will keep things lively Sunday afternoon with a pair of demonstrations, beginning at 2:45 p.m.

Performer/songwriter Larry Pless concludes the day's entertainment with a musical program at 4:30 p.m.

Major sponsors of the 2010 Imlay City Spring Expo include: Milnes Chevrolet, Imlay City Ford-Lincoln-Mercury, the Country Smoke House and Homer Concrete Products.

The following vendors have signed on to participate in the event. They include: Natural Enhancements, Studio Emphotography, Viscount Pool & Spa, JEM Electric Service, Oils & Handyman, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Universal Sound Productions, StampTech, Inc., Prieh's Paving Company, Classic Cuts Lawn Care, Action Fence & Better Buy Flags, Mike's Hauling, The Trans Shop, Warnars Chiropractic, Lapeer County Bank & Trust, Derma Skin, Hill Heating, Fit For Life, Greenia's Outdoor & Sport, Lombardo, Computer Frog, Lapeer County Relay For Life, Intouch Communications, Century 21 AAA North Real Estate, State Farm Insurance (Steve Robbins), Young Life, Venture High School, New England Financial, Meadowbrook Management, Coulter Realty, Culligan Water, Pampered Chef, Errand Express, Hanks Heating & Cooling, Imlay City Library, Synergy Worldwide, 92.5 WGBV-FM, Fuzion Printing & Signs, Milnes Chevrolet, Atlas Overhead Door, 4-M Collision, Sheridan Real Estate & Insurance, Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce and Weston Elementary School.

Soule says there is still time and space for more vendors to participate in the show.

For questions or more information, call Rod Soule at 810-724-4444. Or visit the website at:

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
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