COLUMBIA CITY — Where can you find great food and desserts? Shop for everything from home repairs to healthcare and orthodontics? Find a new hobby and somewhere to volunteer? Meet the fine officers who keep our city and county safe? Enjoy free entertainment? Learn about the great businesses and nonprofits that serve Whitley County?

You can do all this and more at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center’s annual Whitley County EXPO.

Sponsored by Dupont Orthodontics’ Allison Bergdoll, Renaissance Village and Farmers Mutual Insurance, this popular annual event will once again be held at Indian Springs Middle School 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Community members will get to meet and speak with over 50 great businesses and nonprofit organizations serving Whitley County. Additionally, this year the event will include a job fair featuring several local companies.

“Our annual EXPO offers the opportunity to make great community connections and there is something for everyone,” said Jennifer Romano, Chamber executive director. “Last year, more than 2,300 people attended this event to learn about all things Whitley County.”

While learning about various products and services from the wide-variety of vendors, participants will be treated to free entertainment and ongoing activities throughout the day. This year, entertainment will include Next Generation Studio of Dance, Peabody Public Library, Whitley County Community Children’s Choir and a presentation by Detective Chip Stephenson of the Columbia City Police Department. Many vendors also offer the opportunity to sign up for door prizes as well.

“Whether you are a lifelong resident of Whitley County or if you are new to the area, there is always something new and exciting happening right here in our corner of the world,” said Romano.

Admission and parking are free and no RSVP is required. For more information, contact the Chamber at 248-8131 or email


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