October 31, 2014

SH to host annual business expo May 14

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com

There won’t be daffodils, but there will be kites at Spring Hill Daffodil Days and Business Expo next weekend.

Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce President Ann Jensen explained the bright yellow blooms are the official flower of the city of Spring Hill. When city and chamber officials and recreation commission members were planning the event, they envisioned  daffodils  blossomming as a back drop.

“Because at the time, we had like 18 inches of snow on the ground, as far as we could tell there was always going to be snow,” Jensen said.

They selected a date that didn’t correspond to any major events in the area or Easter or

Mother’s Day holiday weekends. That meant a date after most daffodils had shed their petals for the season.

Organizers are settling for kites instead during the annual business expo on May 14.

In its fourth year, Jensen said this year’s event will be bigger than ever before. The Chamber has teamed with the city of Spring Hill, which in the past hosted a family fun day in the spring, to produce one large extravaganza.

“Last year, they got so close together the days were like one week apart,” she said. “We kind of watered down the attendance for both. We thought maybe we would do them together.”

Eighteen corporate sponsors stepped up to help fund the day of fun, and organizers announced that the KC Kite Club would be flying their wares, which include the world’s largest wind sock, during the event.

While bus-size kites float outside the Spring Hill Intermediate School on May 14, Jensen said there will be much to do inside the gymnasium as well.

There, approximately 45 businesses will set up shop for the afternoon. They’ll offer free information and fun things for families.

The Chamber is hosting a shredding truck so individuals can get rid of all of their old, private documents. Kansas Works, an RV fit with computers and staffed with professionals, will be available so people can brush up their resumes and learn about job opportunities.

The Kansas City Zoo is bringing out an exhibit, and moonwalk inflatables and facepainting will keep the kids entertained.

It’s not just any facepainting, Jensen explained. Perfect Details Salon is bringing professional painters.

“It’s this massive, carnival-style painting,” she said.

On stage, various Spring Hill school groups will perform, and civic groups will sell food as fundraisers.

“I have just been very, very pleased with the way it’s coming together,” she said.

Officially, the event kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs through 2 p.m. on May 14 at Spring Hill Intermediate School, 300 E. South St.

However, Jensen encourages residents to start a little earlier and stop by the Spring Hill Lions Club’s Pancake Breakfast which will run from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

“The big thing is come early so you can see it all,” she said. “Our mission is to provide a fun day for families and to showcase this marvelous community of businesses.”

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