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Showcase highlights Roberts businesses

The second annual Showcase Roberts is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lisa Christiansen, who is organizing the event, said new this year there is that will be food available. Some local restaurants are going to be there, and have foods to sample and purchase. The Roberts Lions Club will also be there with pop and water for purchase.

And, as last with year, Christiansen said business from Roberts will set up booths in the Saint Croix Central Elementary School Gym. Christiansen said the turnout last year was good, and she's hoping for another good turnout this year.

"We're trying to promote awareness of what the area has to offer, business-wise," Christiansen said, "trying to reiterate the shop local, stay local, spend your money here type thing."

There will be door prizes again this year. Attendees will receive business-sized cards, get signatures from at least 10 of the booths they visit, and leave their name and number on the back, and place it in a box for a drawing. Prizes will be given away periodically throughout the event, culminating with the giveaway of a grand prize.

"We don't do this to make money," Christiansen said. "It's all just going back into the marketing of the showcase."

Christiansen was the one who decided to start Showcase Roberts because she felt it was important to highlight what businesses Roberts has to offer.

"It would give the public, meaning the people or Roberts or Hammond or the surrounding areas, a chance to come to one place to find out what local businesses have to offer," Christiansen said. "They may not know that there is a local gentleman who does landscaping... they may not know what the 4-H has to offer."

Christiansen said around 55 businesses, primarily from Roberts, will be setting up booths at Showcase Roberts this year.

"That's what showcase Roberts is about," Christiansen said. "We just have a real wide variety of different businesses that you can really learn about."

Showcase Roberts begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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