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Family Fest still looking to add businesses

MINOOKA – Businesses still have time to register for this year’s Family Fest, a community expo scheduled for Feb. 8, featuring local service agencies, businesses and organizations.

The event draws about 1,000 attendees every year, features about 60 local businesses and includes live entertainment for the family.

“It’s important to have an event like this because it allows people who live in the area to know about the products and services available to them,” said Caroline Portlock, executive director of the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce.

Exhibitors will gather at Minooka Community High School to promote and sell their goods and services to prospective customers. Each exhibitor is encouraged to have a demonstration or activity at their booth so they can better interact with the crowd.

Sarah Peterson, events director of the chamber, said they still have several spots available for businesses. Those who want to register can contact the chamber at 815-942-0113 or

“It’s open to any business in our area, not just chamber members,” Peterson said. “By being a part of the Family Fest, businesses can get face-to-face time with people in our community.”

Joliet Junior College is one of the longest-running exhibitors at the fest.

“We find out who job seekers are, what they are looking for and how we might be able to help them,” said Angie Ahng, workforce skills manager at JJC. “It’s great to get that interaction with people.”

The event is geared toward families and features hands-on activities for kids including Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles, which will host two shows this year.

Peterson said the chamber decided to make it more family-oriented after they noticed many young families attending the expo each year.

“We’ve been doing this expo for many, many years, but last year was the first year we really put a twister of focus on it which was the family aspect,” Portlock said. “It helps because if a resident wants to come in, we’ve got activities for the kids so the parents can talk with business owners.”

The fest also will include an activities and demonstration stage featuring dance groups, cheer organizations, local talents and fitness and safety demonstrations.

Get involved

All local businesses and service organizations can register the Family Fest scheduled for Feb. 8. To register, call the chamber at 815-942-0113 or email

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