Aurora -- Area residents will have the chance to get to know Aurora better Oct. 22 when the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau hosts Showcase Aurora 2016.
The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gym and cafeteria at Aurora High School on West Pioneer Trail.
About 30 businesses, organizations and clubs will be at the event, hoping to introduce themselves to the community, said Laura Holman, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.
"We're showcasing the best of Aurora, and attendees can have the opportunity to see their friends and neighbors and learn about the wonderful things that are happening in their community," she said in an Oct. 14 interview with the Advocate.
The event is presented by the Chamber, the Visitors Bureau and schools. Main event sponsors are the city of Aurora, The Atrium at Anna Maria and Aurora Farms Premium Outlets.
Other sponsors include Aurora Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Howard Hanna of Aurora and Record Publishing Co., which publishes the Advocate.
Since the event is just before Halloween, it will feature ongoing trick-or-treating and a costume parade at 11 a.m.
"Everyone who joins in the parade will be entered into a drawing for a spooktacular prize donated by Harry and David at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets," said Holman.
While adults may find the information about the various businesses and organizations interesting, Holman said there will be something for everybody.
"The hockey team is going to be setting up a goal so kids can try to shoot a puck past an actual goalie," she said.
The event will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance being led by children from the Aurora Children Early Learning Center, she added. The youths then will entertain attendees with some of the Halloween songs they've been learning.
The world champion robotics club Team TBD will be present a demonstration of their robots, said Holman.
"They're really great kids," she said of the club, which includes students from several high schools. "They're going to rule the world, these kids, and hopefully solve all the problems we've created."
Team TBD's demonstration will take place at 11:15 a.m.
All attendees will receive two raffle tickets at the door and can buy additional raffle tickets for a variety of prizes donated by area businesses.
Holman said the raffle tickets sold at the event would benefit the Aurora Chamber of Commerce's scholarship fund.
In addition, vendors may be giving things away at their tables.
"Many of Aurora's businesses will have information, as well as samples and giveaways," said Holman.
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