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143 businesses showcased in Crystal Lake

CRYSTAL LAKE – Tom Van Dyck, store manager of Grand Appliance in Crystal Lake, was cooking a spiral ham on a Weber grill Sunday outside the entrance of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Home & Business Expo.

Assisting was Dennis Flanagan, a Weber sales rep. Despite temperatures that stubbornly stayed in the 30s, Flanagan said it was grilling season, “365 days a year.”

The chamber’s 31st annual expo attracted about 4,000 attendees Saturday and Sunday at Crystal Lake South High School, according to Gary Reece, chamber president.

“It’s really about the exhibitors, and increasing their exposure,” Reece said. He said the expo was a sell out with 143 booths.

Amy LeFevre of Crystal Lake stopped at the Home State Bank booth, where Lesley Smith, a banking center manager in Woodstock, and Alex Dorsch, a personal financial representative, were holding a raffle for a tool box. “It’s a promotion that’s been going on for home equity lines of credit,” said Smith, who has been with the bank for 10 years.

Seanine Brady of the Crystal Lake Public Library was drawing a crowd at a spin-to-win game that revolved around the library’s past. Brady said the library is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. “All these questions relate to 100 years of service by the Crystal Lake Public Library,” said Brady, fashionably dressed in old-time garb.

At the Crystal Lake Park District display, children bounced on a giant, red inflatable couch with the words “Get Off The Couch.” Kyle Petty, marketing assistant with the park district, said the couch is used for Movies in the Park during the summer. “We hold drawings and one family is picked to sit on the couch during movies,” he said.

Haley Wells, 12, of Woodstock was getting her faced painted with a tiger design by Yvonne Mihm of Head 2 Toe Bodyart in Crystal Lake.

Haley was at the expo with her mother, Kris. “We’re looking for a heater and air conditioner unit, so it’s a good place to check out a bunch of [businesses] at one time,” she said.

Café Expo featured Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub individual pizza, Galloway’s Chicago Sub Shop sandwiches, and Morkes Chocolates.

Expo attendees filled their goodie bags with items from participating businesses, plus every 100th person received a door prize. An expo raffle featured a Crystal Lake entertainment package valued at more than $500, four tickets to a Chicago Cubs game, a boys and girls bike, and a Kindle tablet.

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