Large turnout at Aurora showcase includes many first-timers (WITH GALLERY)

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Aurora -- The Aurora Business and Community Showcase, which was April 5 at the high school, was special because the big turnout included so many first-time attendees, according to organizers.

"I had a lot of people tell me how they'd never been to the event before," said Laura Holman, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. "They were excited about it. They were pleased about how much was going on throughout the day.

"A lot of people said they met people from new businesses and got information about new organizations and different things going on in town. It was a great day."

Holman said the event showcased all that Aurora has to offer. There were about 55 registered exhibitors, including representatives from area businesses, city departments and non-profit organizations.

Holman said the entertainment provided by youngsters helped make it a fun event. That included the Aurora Children's Day Center, Aurora High School pop a capella group, Hope Christian Nursery School, Aurora Community Theatre and Aurora School of Music, along with the Easter Bunny and Swifty the Clown.

"The entertainers were great," she said. "There were so many different groups."

The Aurora Choir Boosters had concessions for sale, and vendors from Red Rock Farmers' Market were on hand. "They were fantastic," Holman said.

The Chamber of Commerce had forms available to nominate a person of the year and business of the year.

Everyone entering the event was given a free tote from the Chamber and tickets to enter a prize drawing. Numerous prizes were provided by local businesses.

Winners were picked throughout the day, and winning tickets were posted. Every booth provided information, activities and giveaways.

For more information, visit the Chamber's website at www.allaboutaurora.com.

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