Chamber business expo returns Jan. 31

Area residents will have the opportunity to meet with local merchants and win prizes at the fourth annual Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce Business Fair. It will take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive. Enter from Southern Avenue. Admission and parking are free.

About 20 vendors had confirmed by last week they will attend and the chamber expects more to register by event day, Amy Sandidge of the chamber said during a phone interview last week.

“Interest has been very active today, and a good percentage of our participants sign up at the last minute,” Ms. Sandidge said.

Confirmed vendors are: Apache Junction Food Bank, Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent, Arizona Tireman Services, city of Apache Junction, Coyote Coupon Book, Gold Canyon Arts Council, Frontier Ace Hardware, Gary’s Desert Dogs, H&R Block, Jamberry Nails, KRDE Radio, Legal Shield, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Otero Realty Group, Pinal County Federal Credit Union, Planet Fitness, State Farm, SunLife Family Health and Tour West America.

A variety of prizes will be given away, Ms. Sandidge said. To enter a drawing for the grand prize — a 32-inch television — attendees will need to take the expo card they will be given at the event entrance to the vendors to punch or mark. Attendees can then deposit the completed expo card in the drawing box.

Among the prizes to be awarded by individual merchants are: tickets to an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game from H&R Block; two family packs of tickets and with a parking pass to the 27th Annual Renaissance Festival, to be given away by the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent; an ID theft package; a skin care package from Mary K Cosmetics and sunglasses.

For more information or to register for a booth, call Ms. Sandidge at 480-982-3141 or e-mail her at

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