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Thirty-four area businesses and organizations will be open for business at the Richmond Area Business Expo 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the City Hall gymnasium. The expo sponsored by the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, is a first-of-its-kind event designed to show what area businesses have to offer.
“We’re very pleased with the turnout of participants; the gym is near capacity,” said JoEllen Black, co-chair of the expo.
“There’s a great cross-section of businesses and some are planning some very special things for event-goers. Hopefully, the weather threats won’t deter people from coming to the event.”
Pointer’s Jewelers will feature fingerprint jewelry, a new item for the store.
Fingerprints are electronically scanned and personalized on rings, pendants and bracelets, according to Isaiah Fowler, Pointer’s general manager.
Pointer’s will offer custom-made fingerprint pendants to the first five people in active military at the expo.
“It’s a pretty novel item. It’s more for the families left behind. They’ll have a piece of their loved one when they’re overseas or away,” Fowler said.
Ray County Museum Curator Linda Emley is bringing a few of her history friends, specifically from the Civil War era. Orrick native Robbie Maupin, who coordinated the Hughes & Wasson bank robbery re-enactment last fall, will play the part of “Bloody” Bill Anderson at the expo. It’s not a far stretch for Maupin as his relatives rode with Anderson. His next project is the October 2014 re-enactment of the Battle of Albany that occurred on the outskirts of Orrick. Joining them will be James Co. Mercantile who specializing in Civil War re-enactment clothing. Emley says everyone involved in the 2014 event will have to dress the part.
Ray County Health Department will also offer free blood pressure readings to the public.
Outdoor exhibits include lawn mowers from Richmond Farm and Lawn, and a barn from Premier Barns.
Door prizes will be given away every 30 minutes, beginning at 9:30 a.m., Black said. Prizes include $25 gift certificates to Hometown Pizza, Richmond KFC/Taco Bell, Pointer’s Jewelers, Ideal Industries, a $50 credit to Richmond Farm and Lawn, a Swafford’s Ford $40 gift certificate, a one-year subscription to the Richmond News, a membership from Anytime Fitness, free pool passes, a fruit basket provided by Ray County Health Department and a carry-out meal for 20 by Nadler’s Catering. A Kindle Fire will also be raffled in a free drawing at the Richmond News booth.
Richmond Recreation Department will provide a food and drink concession for the event, as a fundraiser for a new gym floor.
Richmond Area Business Expo participants
Richmond Farm and Lawn
Richmond Recreation Dept.
Richmond Square Apartments
Triple D Karaoke
Ray County Relay for Life
House of Hope
Ray County Stone Producers
4 Seasons Siding & Window
Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation
Richmond KFC/Taco Bell
Ray County Museum
Ray County Genealogical Society
Rep. Joe Don McGaugh
North Star Wellness
Ray County Heath Department
Ray County Memorial Hospital
Dugger’s Heating and Air
Richmond Anytime Fitness
The State Bank
Central Mo. Community Credit Union
Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce