Gia Deprosperis (left), 6, and Zoe Gineris, 7, both of Cedar Lake, choose decorations for customized bracelets at Susan Kusecek's Gemstone Treasures booth during the Cedar Lake Business and Organization Showcase. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 26, 2013 12:04PM
A morning “gold rush” helped jump-start the Cedar Lake Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Business and Organization Showcase.
The town’s park department hosted its annual St. Patrick’s Day event in which children hunt for gold candy coins in the Hanover High School auditorium along with the showcase to help raise awareness for the fledgling event.
“We’ve been rocking and rolling,” Diane Jostes, chamber executive director said. At least 60 vendors signed up for this year’s event, ranging from florists to contractors, local politicians and volunteer organizations.
“There’s a nice selection,” Jostes said.
Lois Martinez of Lowell was among those checking out the businesses, gathering information and giveaways. Martinez said she used to live in Cedar Lake and likes to come out to support the events the chamber hosts. People often do not realize what a nice town it is, she said.
Martinez would like to see more residents take advantage of opportunities to learn about the town, and more events that would help raise awareness and promote the town and its quality of life.
Evelyn Pratcher, of Cedar Lake, said she found out about the showcase when she learned about the St. Patrick’s Day children’s activities. She wanted to bring her son Johan, 5, for the gold rush but they were unable come early enough. The bounce house, however, was keeping the youngster active while Pratcher made the rounds.
“It’s nice they have something for the kids to do. He would be bored walking just walking around,” she said.
Pratcher, however, was enjoying the chance to look at the businesses that serve the town. The family only recently moved to Cedar Lake from Lansing, Ill., and she said it is nice to have the chance to see the various businesses and organizations in one stop.
“There are some things we are going to need, so this helps,” she said.