By LOIS KINDLE
Scores of businesses and area nonprofits are set to meet and greet thousands of residents at the upcoming Fall Expo. Hosted by the Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce, the free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 30 at Community Hall, 1910 Pebble Beach Blvd. S.
“We should have about 80 vendors at this year’s event,” said Dexter Charles, chamber operations manager. “We’re expecting a good crowd, because attendance is always higher when the snowbirds are back.”
As always, WSCQ Sun Radio 96.3 FM will be broadcasting live during the expo, talking with vendors and visitors alike and giving away at least one gift basket through a drawing. The winner will be announced Dec. 1 on the Morning Show with Peter and Bob.
Lynne Conlan, the chamber’s new leader, will be on hand.
“I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and reconnecting with business folks in my capacity as executive director,” she said. “This will be the first time I’ll be out in the community in my new role.”
The expo takes place to give chamber members the opportunity to display their products and services and attract new customers or patrons. Many offer free goodies and prizes at their tables, and there will be lots of door prizes.
Vendors will include many returning exhibitors like Borman Construction, Freedom Plaza, Sunshine Pharmacy, South Bay Hospital, Sun Towers and Howie’s Sun City Center Plumbing.
“In addition to our regulars, we have some new vendors with innovative products residents haven’t seen before,” Charles said.
These include Sunshine Auto Shield and Storm Stoppers. Other first-time exhibitors will be Sunshine Senior Movers, Budget Blinds, Pillar to Post Home Inspections, Home Instead Senior Care, Insurance Professionals of America, Green Law and D&L Insurance.
The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is returning to provide free blood pressure checks, and the Kiwanis Club of SouthShore will sell hotdogs, sloppy Joes, snacks and beverages. Other nonprofits will include the South Shore Symphony Orchestra, Pelican Players and Campaign Against Human Trafficking, Seniors in Service, Christ Community and Redeemer Lutheran churches, Chabad Jewish Discovery Center and the South Hillsborough Elks Lodge, Lifepath Hospice, Sun City Center Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America and PCAT Literacy Ministries. The Salvation Army will have a truck outside to collect clean, gently used clothing, household items and small furniture.
Home and auto repair specialists, financial advisors, medical providers, insurance professionals, lawyers, senior service providers and many more will be happy to discuss their areas of expertise and answer questions about their services. There’s pretty much something for everyone.
For more information, call the Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce at 813-634-5111.