NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – The Home & Business Expo held Saturday at Northbridge High School by the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce offered something for everyone.
Business owners talked with homeowners contemplating the purchase of a generator, refinishing a basement or putting on siding or a new roof.
Bank representatives offered literature on their programs and services, child care and elder care information from several organizations was available, and advice on how to protect home and self in emergencies could be had in handouts and conversations.
The Northbridge Police Department provided information on RAD self-defense and gave children access to a police cruiser. The Northbridge Fire Department manned a booth on fire safety, which included an interactive house to better explain to children what to do in case of fire.
Apple Tree Arts of Grafton explained plans to restore the Town House at 1 Grafton Center as an arts center; Bushel & Peck, also of Grafton, competed against four other restaurants for "best" chowder bragging rights, and Enlightened Hands Massage & Bodywork of Uxbridge eased stress with neck and bag massages.
Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Easter Bunny competed for attention with Bobo the Clown, puppets from Dog Orphans and face painting.
Southwick’s Zoo provided information on the popular good-weather hangout, where children and adults were fascinated by the Leopard Gecko and a Binturong. Ironstone Farm’s petting zoo of goats and lambs was also popular with the kids.
And health-conscious folks were offered information from many organizations, including MRA Multi-Sport, on ways to get and stay healthy.
In addition to information on products and services, almost every booth gave away free items such as yardsticks and lip balm, and free raffles were drawn throughout the day.
About 3,000 people attend the expo each year.