Rebecca Davidson encourages her son, Tristen, to the finish line during last year’s Diaper Derby races. The baby races are part of the annual KRAI Spring Expo, which takes place Friday and Saturday at the Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

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Rebecca Davidson encourages her son, Tristen, to the finish line during last year’s Diaper Derby races. The baby races are part of the annual KRAI Spring Expo, which takes place Friday and Saturday at the Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

Variety of vendors slated for annual KRAI Spring Expo

If you go

What: 28th Annual KRAI Spring Expo

When: noon to 7 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way

— The event is free and open to the public.

With more than 50 participating businesses, the 2010 KRAI Spring Expo set a record for most vendors featured in the event’s history.

While this year’s expo will fall short of the record — the lineup will include more than 40 businesses — organizers aren’t disappointed.

“Last year was a record year, but if we hadn’t had (that success) last year, this would be a record year,” KRAI sales manager Vicki Gutierrez said.

The 28th Annual Spring Expo is scheduled to take place from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

Gutierrez said that while the number of vendors is slightly lower than last year, there is more variety than in previous years.

“I think there’s a really wide range of services that are available this year,” she said.

New services represented at this year’s event include pest control and house keeping companies. She also said car dealerships will be in attendance for the first time in three years.

Exhibitors will be inside and outside of the mall and many offer incentives for visiting their booths, Gutierrez said.

“Most of those people offer drawings for free prizes or Spring Expo specials, so if you sign up for something at Spring Expo, you get a deal on it,” she said.

Gutierrez said the majority of exhibitors are local companies, but there will be some making the trip from other areas in the region, including Routt County, Meeker and Baggs, Wyo.

Along with the businesses, representatives from various nonprofit organizations are slated to attend.

There will also be various forms of entertainment Friday and Saturday.

Singer Andrew Ripp will be performing a set at 4 p.m. Friday on behalf of Bear River Young Life.

He will also promote a fundraising show Saturday that benefits Young Life. Tickets for that show will be available at the Spring Expo.

Saturday will include traditional favorites at the Spring Expo — Weenie Dog Races and Diaper Derby baby races.

In the weenie races, a carpet is laid out and two dogs try to make it to the other end the fastest. The races begin at 9:30 a.m.

The Diaper Derby features two babies sitting inside a semi-circle. The winner is the one who gets to the outside of the semi-circle the fastest. The races begin at 11:30 a.m.

For both events, registration takes place 30 minutes beforehand.

Gutierrez said the Spring Expo is a good kickoff for the spring season and allows visitors plenty of social opportunities.

“It’s a great place to get prizes and get great deals on things you need for your home or business,” she said.

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Comments

wellwell 3 years ago

Well, I looking forward to to seeing the mall full of people, meeting friends, watching crawling babies and running dogs race, eating some good food, looking at the booths items, finding out about their merchandise, popping into the stores in the mall, enter contests to see if can win the drawing, and I'll bet I have fun.

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