Meriden's Black Expo Launches Committee; Seeks Volunteers

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Meriden-Record Journal
Meriden, CT

New Opportunities Inc. has launched a committee to plan the 23trd Annual Meriden Black Expo Weekend that’s been slated Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. New Opportunities’ Community Services Director, Larry Elliott said area artisans, crafts- people, entertainers, church choirs, classic car clubs, singers, dancers, bands, food vendors, school groups, businesses and non-profit agencies represent a sampling of participants that will be at this year’s event.

Anyone with a talent, skill, product, hobby or educational offering can join this city-wide celebration, he said. The Expo helps Meriden honor itself by celebrating the accomplishments, achievements and history of the region’s black residents.

The Expo will begin with the 11th Annual Teen Ambassador Scholarship Pageant, Friday, June 22 at Ill Monticello Banquet Facility in Meriden. Pageant Chairperson Angela Simpson said the event is open to students from 13 to 18 years of age.

Young men and women will compete in categories that include everything from essay writing to community service experience, among others she said. New Opportunities provides a variety of scholarships for those who’ve raised their sights toward higher education.

Simpson said students interested in competing can call her for registration information. Ambassadors maintain a busy, year-long series of community activities and responsibilities, she said. We encourage young people to call (203) 630-4237 for details.

Elliott said the Saturday, June 23 Expo celebration will begin with a mid-morning parade that will end at City Park where the day’s events will take place.

People from churches, fraternal organizations, schools, city departments, area businesses, car clubs, civic organizations, music groups, youth groups and hobby-based associations, to name a few, can all be parade participants, he said. We’re expecting a large group of marchers this year.

Elliott is also encouraging Expo vendors to reserve space for this year’s event.

We had a long list of vendors last year that offered everything from ethnic foods, hand-made jewelry and leather goods, all the way to health information booths and wellness resource centers, he said. We’re expecting crowds of over 2,000 visitors this year.

Expo vendor information is available by calling New Opportunities at (203) 235-0278, extension 24 and 25.

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