The largest event of its kind in Ellis County, the Lifestyles Home and Family Expo offers 60,000 square feet of entertainment, shopping and fun for the whole family and takes place Saturday, March 1, at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

“This year, we have a new attraction – A Taste of Waxahachie – showcasing samples from Waxahachie’s finest restaurants,” chamber membership director Shari Alfaro said.

The expo is an annual event sponsored by the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce. The event began 30 years ago as a business expo.

“We changed the name to the Lifestyles Expo three years ago to better encompass everything that the expo had to offer,” Alfaro said.

“Originally, the expo was designed for businesses to network with one another; however, over the years it’s become a consumer expo that includes not only businesses but live performances, children’s activities and a Taste of Waxahachie,” she said.

Taste of Waxahachie will include restaurants with booths set up in the Crape Myrtle Room, where they will serve up samples from frozen custard to pastas and sandwiches for guests to taste free of charge. G Texas Catering will offer a special wine and cheese tasting from 2-5 p.m.

Live performances will take place on the main stage throughout the day. The entertainment will include magician Gary Carson, who will preview his show, “Art of Imagination,” at 12:55 p.m. The full show will be performed that evening at Sheaffer Full Life Center on the Southwestern Assemblies of God University campus as a benefit for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ellis County.

The Waxahachie Junior High School symphonic I band will perform its UIL pieces at 9:30 a.m. and numerous other shows will be presented throughout the day.

Children’s activities include face painting; character greetings from Pickles, the Chick-fil-A Fil-A cow, and Truman the Dragon from Kidsville News; magic and balloons with Dusty the Clown; a mobile puppet show by Foundation of Life Church; and a Lowe’s build-a-project kids’ clinic.

About 130 vendors will have booths in the main ballroom and the main lobby. Other attractions include door prizes, fashion and shopping, autos and home improvement, free massages and health screenings.

“The Lifestyles Expo is a get-away for the whole family,” Alfaro said.

“I think that, with the changes we’ve made this year with the Taste of Waxahachie and the live entertainment we’re having, it’s going to be the best show we’ve had so far,” expo co-chairman Keith Wolverton said.

“With all the hard work that the chamber staff has put in, I would put this show up at the level with any show in Dallas,” he said. “This is one of the best shows in Ellis County and I think everyone should come out and take advantage of the opportunity to see all the local businesses.”

The Lifestyles Home and Family Expo will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Admission is $3 for adults; children 10 and younger are free.

E-mail Jennifer at jennifer.howell@wninews.com.