The annual 2012 Carbon County Home, Garden, and Business Expo was held this past Saturday and Sunday at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe. Nearly 80 businesses were featured at the Expo as well as educational seminars.

The Expo is co-coordinated by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon Builders Association. This is the second year the two organizations co-coordinated the Expo.

Deb Kleckner, EO of Carbon Builders Association stated that Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and Carbon Builders Association use to host their own individual events.

"The two organizations combined events to meet all the consumers needs all across the board," she added.

Also, featured at the expo were Rep. Doyle Heffley, Dora the explorer, Alpaca petting zoo, wine tasting, door prizes, and refreshments. Magic 105.5 WMGH also broadcasted live from the expo.

"The expo is a great way for families to come out and have a good weekend," stated Mike Troutman, President of the Carbon Builders Association.

The entrance fee for the expo was $2. However, with a coupon, $1 could be waived off the admission. Bringing in a non-perishable food item would also waive $1 off the admission.

Frank Potoczak, Carbon County Chamber Marketing Committee Chair stated that the food items collected will go to support local food pantries.

New to the Expo this year were informational seminars.

"The informational seminars, which were presented by vendors, promote living in a greener environment," stated Kleckner.

The seminars included: Mini Split, Air Conditioner/Heat Pump Seminar presented by RF Ohl, Building Comfortable Energy Efficient Homes with Insulating Concrete Forms presented by Awesome View, an interactive butterfly and caterpillar seminar presented by Mari Gruber of Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, Geothermal Heating, It may be your Best Home Investment presented by Alex Bodian, Green Building Products and Where to Find Them presented by Hersh Ruhmel, and Fixing the Energy Holes in Your House presented by Ken Ashcom.

Potoczak stated, "The expo is a great event for people to come out and experience all these businesses and vendors under one roof."

Dina Tulli Davis, member of the Carbon County Chamber marketing team stated that the expo was having a great turnout. She added that on Saturday the expo had over 100 people attend in just the first hour.

Many different types of businesses and vendors were showcased at the expo such as: home improvement, banks, lodging, recreation, communications, and more.