Looking to price out some new windows? Maybe get those carotid arteries checked out to see if you are in danger of having a stroke? How about giving the kids a chance to take a look at some cool model trains?
The annual Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce Expo gives you the rare chance to get that all done at once.
Now in its 28th year, the expo, held at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the chamber, and a showcase for local businesses.
About 75 businesses have booths at the Expo, many of them offering home renovation and repair services.
There is also a health fair at the event, with many of the vendors offering free health-care screenings including vision and hearing checks, blood pressure checks and a screening for risk of stroke.
“About seven years ago we added the health fair,” said Lou Molitor, president of the chamber.
The chamber’s Optimist Club also has a “family fun” area that includes games and activities for kids, demonstrations from local education and arts organizations, and a large model train display from the Kenosha Garden Railroad Society.
Amanda Robison of Union Grove was at the Expo Saturday with her 2-year-old daughter Annika and her mother Brenda.
“We were trying to find something to do that was inside out of the weather,” Robison said, saying Annika was enjoying the day, especially after a vendor gave her a soft, fuzzy carpet square that she could play with in her stroller.
Robison, meanwhile, was enjoying the opportunity to get her mother to take a hearing screening.
“I’ve been thinking she needed to get her hearing checked, so she said she would do it if I did it first,” she said.
The two women got hearing screenings in a mobile booth operated by Avada Audiology and Hearing Care.
Molitor said about 5,000 people attend the two-day event each year. Money raised through the $2 entry fee, sponsor and vendor fees and raffles goes to support the organization and its annual scholarship programs.
“We give $10,000 to $12,000 in scholarships every year,” he said.
The expo continues today. The event open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Petretti Fieldhouse, 900 Wood Road.
Entry is $2 for adults, free for kids under 18.