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DeKalb/Sycamore Expo set for Thursday

Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3:35 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:42 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – Free spray tans, cars and exercise demonstrations will be among the many spectacles at the DeKalb/Sycamore Chamber of Commerce Community Expo Thursday.

The free event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the field house at DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road. More than 100 local businesses will attend, said Jessica Struthers, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce events manager.

“You might not know some business are here or some of the services businesses offer,” Struthers said. “It’s a good way to get to know your local businesses.”

Studio One Salon & Day Spa, 1007 N. First St., DeKalb, will offer a sample of natural spray tans on participants’ arms, said spa owner Jane Levinsky.

The spa also will promote other natural and organic beauty products such as Tela Blow Out Bar by Tela Beauty Organics and sugar scrubs.

“The theme is green, and so are we,” Levinsky said.

The event draws an estimated 2,500 people each year, Struthers said. There will be children’s activities such as bounce houses, free food samples from local restaurants and staged demonstrations.

DeKalb’s Hero Martial Arts, 2179 Sycamore Road, Unit 102, also will demonstrate some of the classes they offer.

This year is the first year in which vehicles will be allowed in the field house, so two cars from DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Cadillac GMC will be on display.

Darion Page, DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Cadillac GMC internet sales manager, said the company’s new car manager will decide what cars will be on display.

The company has attended the expo since 2012, Page said.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase some of our great products,” he said.

Kishwaukee Family YMCA also will showcase their demonstrations, including its extreme boot camp, in which Army instructors teach a class using body weights, Burpee exercises, lunges and squats.

There also will be a demonstration for WERQ, a new dance fitness class offered since September with pop, rock and hip hop music, said Heather Eade, Kishwaukee Family YMCA marketing director.

Kishwaukee Family YMCA will hand out apples and bananas and offer crafts.

Eade said the expo is a great opportunity to learn about what local businesses have to offer and interact with them.

“People get a better view of The Y from this event,” she said. “Demonstrations are always exciting. People have fun watching those.”

If you go What: DeKalb/Sycamore Chamber of Commerce Community Expo Time: 4 to 7 p.m. Day: Thursday Location: DeKalb High School field house, 501 W. Dresser Road About it: More than 100 local businesses will be showcasing what they have to offer at the annual expo.

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