MIDLOTHIAN — The community turned out in droves to attend the Experience Midlothian Community Expo on Saturday at the Midlothian Conference.

The public event offered an opportunity to visit with local business owners, collect a variety of free promotional merchandise and mingle with residents and visitors. There was an excellent turn out and the parking lots for the conference center and neighboring Navarro College were overflowing.

“Expo is always good. It seems to grow more every year,” said Bill Houston of Real Living Real Estate Group. “We’ve been here every year. It is well organized and well attended.”

One of the biggest attractions of the event was a Taste of Midlothian featuring 11 area vendors featuring generous samples of everything from tacos to tilapia and fried chicken to fried pies. The selection of entrees, appetizers, desserts and beverages provided sampling satisfaction at no cost, which was a hit with tasters.

“The food is really good and this is far more than I anticipated. This is big,”

said Scherle Barth.

There were 94 vendor booths representing a wide variety of local industry, businesses and organizations. Chamber administrative coordinator, Jennifer Bueno, said that by 10 a.m. more than 150 people had already come through to visit the exhibits.

The spring-like weather seemed to complement the festive atmosphere indoors as young and old alike found something to peak their interest, from spinning a colorful wheel for prizes and enjoying free ice cream treats to digging in the dirt to plant watermelon seeds.

“This is the first time we have done expo. We are located in Midlothian and the church hasn’t made a footprint here. We want to become a resource for the community,” said Russell Heil of Creekside Church of Christ, whose daughters Maryn age 10 and Liz age 5 helped to staff a booth shared by the church and Heil Fitness.

Midlothian Chamber of Commerce staff and volunteers were on hand to assist and direct visitors throughout the event.

“We believe this expo is just a snapshot of what this wonderful community Midlothian is,” said Sara Garcia, chamber president. “Methodist Midlothian Imaging is our presenting sponsor. Without them, this event wouldn’t even happen.”

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