VANDALIA — The Vandalia-Butler business community will once again gather for its annual Business at the Crossroads Business Community Expo and Dinner Auction on Thursday, October 11. Doors will open at 5 p.m. at the Butler High School Student Activities Center at 600 S. Dixie Drive.
Admission and parking is free and door prizes will be given away.
Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Will Roberts said that the Expo is returning to its roots with over 70 businesses under one roof.
“We are returning to a more standard type of Expo this year,” said Roberts. “The business connection will run from 3:30 – 5 p.m. for businesses who are set up on the Expo floor to network. Then we will open the doors to the public at 5 p.m. and remain open until 7:30 p.m. It’s a great opportunity for businesses to get in front of potential customers they might not otherwise interact with.”
In addition to the Business Expo, the Vandalia-Butler Booster Association is hosting a dinner with a live and silent auction to support the athletics at the high school.
The silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. with a part of the auction to take place on the floor of the Expo. The pasta dinner, catered by Christy’s Pizza, begins at 7 p.m. and the live auction begins at 7:45 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $10 and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office or at Butler High School. All proceeds benefit the Vandalia-Butler Athletic Boosters.
“This is an interesting concept because we are bringing the businesses, the schools, and the community together for one big event,” said Roberts. “It’s two different happenings but all under one roof. We really hope we can drive attendance to support the first year this dinner auction but we are hoping that this brings the community back to support our businesses. It’s a unique piece, and I know that everyone’s lives are busy, but this is a unique piece where people can come talk to our businesses without having to walk through their door or worry about setting up an appointment. At the same time we can support the first year of a new fundraising event to support the athletes at Vandalia-Butler.”
Reach Darrell Wacker at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.