Joplin Business Expo returns with an 80s theme

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s 29th Annual Business EXPO is May 25 and 26 at Downstream Casino Resort Pavilion. EXPO is the region’s largest annual showcase of area businesses to the local community, featuring a business-to-business day and a business-to-consumer day with during nearly 120 exhibitor booths. This year’s theme is “Most Excellent 80’s,” and the chamber is encouraging EXPO exhibitors and attendees to come dressed in their best 80’s attire.

On Tuesday, May 25, the exhibitors’ showcase will be open from 12:00-7:30 pm to members of the business community; admission is your business card.  An adults-only Business After Hours will be hosted on Tuesday from 4:30-7:30 pm. EXPO Business. The evening will feature great tastes from Member restaurants and a signature 80’s cocktail titled Pretty in Pink.

This year’s event will feature contests for best mullet, biggest 80’s hair, and best 80’s outfit. A Glamour Shot booth will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday with photos taken by Athena Companies.

On Wednesday, May 26, the exhibitors’ showcase will be open to the public from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Admission is $5; children five and under get in free.

Sponsors of the event include Freeman Health System, Downstream Casino Resort, U.S. Bank and others.

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