By: Benjamin J. Gohs, News Editor
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The fourth annual Boyne Business Expo & Taste of Boyne is bigger than ever with 97 exhibitors featuring restaurants, breweries and assorted businesses from throughout the region.
Last year’s event drew nearly 1,000 attendees and, with a dozen gourmet tasting booths, numerous interactive displays, games, prizes and drawings, organizers expect to well exceed those numbers.
“This is probably one of the best things we do for our member businesses,” said Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jim Baumann. “If you’re in a business locally you don’t have a thousand people walking by your door every day … but this is a way for businesses to show what they can do before a big crowd.”
Baumann said large booth spaces offer merchants and service providers to demonstrate their offerings as opposed to simply handing out brochures.
“We have a landscaper this year who is going to construct a landscaping booth with a fountain,” Baumann said. “Some people will show what they do with laptops and video or photos of their products – and they will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with people and answer questions.”
Baumann said while the event is great for local businesses, it is also a lot of fun for visitors.
“People can mingle and talk with friends and there is a lot of good food and good information,” Baumann said. “People say they never knew we had this many businesses and this many different things in the community.”
Some of this year’s Taste of Boyne booths featured will be manned by the Boyne City High School Hospitality students,
Spicy Bob’s Italian Express, the Blue Harbor Grill at Sommerset Pointe, Green Plate Catering, The BBQ, Sunset Grill, Glen’s Market, BC Pizza, Mackinaw Trail Winery and the Jordan Inn.
“The restaurants and caterers are one of the major attractions,” Baumann said. “Admission is $5, and you get to visit all the food booths.”
He added, “Solace Spa gives chair massages and the Humane Society brings animals that might be up for adoption; artists paint murals on the walls and some businesses offer drawings for prizes.”
Baumann said the entire community is invited to this growing event.
“If they’re attending for the first time people are typically surprised because they’re going into the old Carter’s store which has been abandoned for a few years, but we decorate the interior of the building to look like a convention center – it looks very professional,” Baumann said.
The expo will also feature Michigan crafted beers, blood pressure screenings, a free shuttle service to and from the parking lots at the Charlevoix County Road Commission and St. Matthew Church.
The $5 admission is at the door and there will also be a cash bar.
The expo is scheduled from 3 p.m. To 7 p.m. On Thursday April 26 at the former Carter’s grocery store at 1315 Boyne Ave. M-75 South.
Call the chamber of commerce for more information at (231) 582-6222.
And, don’t miss the announcement of the winners of the Boyne City Gazette’s QR code scavenger hunt.
One lucky person will win $500, and several other cash prizes will also be awarded.