Chamber of Commerce
Facebook page, here
2015 Lakeland Family Expo a Success!
By Kim Odom
The Lakeland Family Expo was chock-full of fun, Saturday, Aug. 15th, as local businesses of the community and surrounding areas showed off their wares and services. It was the largest group of vendor participants since the Lakeland Chamber
began hosting the annual event five years ago. Nearly 40 booths were setup in the gymnasium of Lakeland Elementary offering guests goody-giveaways as they traveled one vendor’s station to the next. Attendees were provided with a multitude of health, financial, and specialty-services brochures and additional informative products offered by each business spotlighting their specialty services.
Amy Wilkins with Pop-A-Lock, a residential and commercial locksmith company, said she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than the expo. “It’s our second year to participate in the friendly expo. It is always a lot fun.” Of course, Amy and Jimmy Wilkins, like other business owners are there to showcase the company’s services. They brought along PAL, the company’s mascot and superhero pup who presents a message of saving lives. Pop-A-Lock hosts a program that offers complimentary seasonal services when a child or pet is accidentally locked in a vehicle. For more information about the company, visit popalockmemphis.com
In the cafeteria of the elementary school, kids had their own expo of exciting as Funtime Outfitters showcased inflatables like the popular T-ball sports arena and floating air relay. If that wasn’t enough fun, there was face painting and balloon art presented by the amazing balloon artist, Michael D. Tucker, known around the area as the Balloon Man.
City of Lakeland dignitaries showed their support by voluntarily got a little wet for the event. Mayor Wyatt Bunker; Sherri Gallick, (then) vice mayor; Jim Atkinson, city manager; Dr. Ted Horrell, LSS superintendent, Kevin Floyd, school board member, Matt Wright, (then) school board member, and local business professional, Don Oliver, did time in the Dunk Tank as friends and family gave it their all – to make sure they all got wet.
The well-supported event was a day of fun for everyone. Ginny Dunn, (then) economic development coordinator, said of the fifth annual Lakeland Family Expo, “It continues to grow and we are already thinking about next year’s expo. It’s sure to be bigger and better.”
Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page, here
You can also reach this page via www.LakelandTN.gov/chamber.