(Seguin) – The products and services that Seguin and Guadalupe County have to offer can all be found under one roof today. Doors open for this year’s Showcase Seguin event at the Seguin-Guadalupe County Coliseum.
Approximately 70 vendors will participate in this year's trade expo hosted by the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce. This year's theme is "Rock'n Your Business."
The event will again include the annual Show Day and evening party, Rockapalooza. There is no cost to enter Show Day. Rockapalooza party tickets, however, are $25 each and are encouraged to be purchased in advance at the chamber office.
Co-Chair KayLynn Hawkins says the chamber is excited about all events. She says this year, the free Show Day will feature the talents of some local students.
"During the day, we're going to be having a lot of different things going on, not just for folks to be able to come and of course to visit our vendor booths and learn about local businesses, but we're trying to incorporate our local schools a little more in that process," said Hawkins.
Also be sure to come hungry. Hawkins says the free Show Day will showcase some of the cooking talents of local students. She says folks will be able to come by and taste some of those treats later on in the day. The day will also include some special presentations for business people in the community.
"We've asked some of the local schools to have their culinary departments to create some sort of goodie and enter those in a contest. So the public will be able to come in and sample those items. They'll get to vote. We won't tell them the name of the school. We're just going to let them know what the treat is called. They'll get to vote on those and we'll be giving an award for that away -- that evening at the Rockapalooza party. We are going to be having some interactive demonstrations and speakers throughout the day as well. So from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 is our last speaker. So we're really excited about those. We have some new great folks coming in to do those for us as well," said Hawkins.
There's also one new feature this year. Hawkins says the chamber wants to use some of the proceeds from this year's event to create a scholarship for a local high school student.
"We do want to remind everyone that we are giving away a scholarship this year to a local senior that wishes to continue their education after high school. So we really want people to come out and bid on those silent auction items, buy a ticket for the evening events. The scholarship amount is going to depend upon the proceeds raised. So we really need to do a great job for this individual who will win the scholarship," said Hawkins.
Showcase Seguin will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature door prizes, exhibitors who are promoting their services and selling their goods, and a silent auction. Throughout the afternoon, presentations and activities by several groups will be conducted. Several area food establishments will be serving samples from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rockapalooza begins at 4:30 p.m. The party will feature live music by Tin Roof; heavy, classy hors d'oeuvres; open bar, door prizes plus the silent auction. Tickets for the Rockin' Party are $25. Grand prize drawings include a beach stay, an antique rocking chair and more.
Each purchase of a Rock n Roll Party ticket also earns individuals the chance to win a brand new 2015 Chevy Cruze from Seguin Chevrolet via a dice game. The person who rolls six die -- all landing with the Seguin Chevrolet logo "up" wins the car.
Rockapalooza tickets are encouraged to be purchased in advance at the chamber office located at 116 N. Camp St.