LINCOLN, Maine — About 60 vendors, a few thousand people and some very large trucks will visit Mattanawcook Academy on Saturday as part of an event highlighting the businesses and commercial opportunities found in the Lincoln Lakes region.
The 2012 Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28. The Chamber’s largest single annual fundraiser, the expo will highlight the revitalized 120-member Chamber of Commerce and its efforts to promote Lincoln Lakes region businesses, Chamber Executive Director Traci Gauthier said Monday.
“We oversold it a little bit,” Gauthier said. “We had a lot of interest this year. I think we have really refocused the purpose of the Expo this year. Expo had turned into something more like a community fair. It was not really focused on the region’s businesses. We’re focusing more on the businesses now.”
A wide variety of businesses from the Lincoln Lakes towns of Burlington, Carroll, Chester, Enfield, Howland, Lakeville, Lee, Lincoln, Mattamiscontis, Mattawamkeag, Passadumkeag, Prentiss, Seboeis, Springfield, Topsfield, Webster Plantation and Winn will have booths at the Expo. Usually the expo attracts about 50 vendors, Gauthier said.
The Expo costs $2 for adults, $1 for children under age 12, with seventh- to 10th-graders admitted for free if in the company of an adult. The free admissions, Gauthier said, are part of the Chamber’s work with Northern Penobscot Tech of Lincoln to promote industrial arts education.
The Region III school’s faculty will be on hand and have displays highlighting the trades as part of an effort to encourage more student enrollments at the high school.
“We want to show all the things that Lincoln has to offer and show kids that they can find employment in this area,” Gauthier said.
Maine suffers from shortages of skilled workers in many trades, including truckers, which is one of the reasons the Expo will feature a “Touch a Truck” promotion in which area truckers and logging truck drivers will display their vehicles, Gauthier said. Attendees also will judge the trucks as part of a contest.
“We want to promote and celebrate the wood products industry,” Gauthier said. “It is a big part of the economic vitality for this region. The loggers and truck drivers in this region do a lot for the community.”
Those interested in security a booth for their business can do so until Friday by calling Gauthier at 794-8065. Businesses within the Lincoln Lakes region or that do business in the region are invited to call.