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Beaver Dam Youth Expo returns Saturday

February 21, 2019

Bringing youth and organizations together in a fun way is the goal of Beaver Dam’s third annual Youth Expo.

Put on by the Beaver Dam Community Activities & Services Department, the expo provides an opportunity for businesses and clubs to highlight their goods and services. Youth and families can come to a one-stop shop to get a taste of available activities in the area, according to BDCAS Recreation Supervisor Joan Hohenstein.

“We will have more than 25 exhibitors and displays at the expo,” Hohenstein said. “All of the booths will have some type of interactive element, usually a game, in addition to providing information.”

The Youth Expo runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Watermark.

Hohenstein said the event continues to grow and gain awareness, with more than 300 people attending last year.

In addition to the booth activities, there will be entertainment throughout the day.

“Magician Tim Glander will put on a show at 11:30 a.m. and he will be sculpting balloons following it,” Hohenstein said. “There will be face painting, too.”

Artist Bill Begos is making a return trip to Beaver Dam to draw caricatures for anyone interested.

“We had him at a music in the park event last summer and he was very well received. His work is beautiful and something worthy of being framed,” she said.

The rec room at The Watermark will see Animart hosting a meet-and-greet with dogs looking to be adopted by loving families.

While most of the activities will be held indoors, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin DNR will provide educational exhibits outside featuring a snowmobile, boat and all-terrain vehicle.

Girl Scout Troop 2561 will have a variety of concessions available for purchase, including the famous Girl Scout cookies.

Youth of all ages are encouraged to attend. All are welcome to register for the many door prizes that will be given away.

“The expo provides great learning activities for our young people and it’s completely free. People can stay as little or long as they want,” Hohenstein said.