IMPERIAL â€“ The Imperial Valley Joint Chambers pulled off another successful Business Showcase Thursday night at the Preble Building on the fairgrounds as 100 businesses plied their trade and handed out brochures and samples to the more than 1000 visitors.
Doors opened at 4:00 p.m. and for those hoping to get tasty samples from the valleyâ€™s finest restaurants at the Showcase, were out of luck as many had run out by the time the doors closed at 7:00 p.m.
The Original Town Pump and Applebeeâ€™s had constant lines, as did those seeking to satisfy their sweet tooth at the Cold Stone Creamery and A Think Called Cake booths.
Visitor Miriam Elmore said, â€œWe come every year. Itâ€™s fun to see all the businesses gathered together, check out the restaurants, and to see who is new from last year.â€
Elmore had several Showcase bags filled with samples and brochures.
The Business Showcase has been held for many years, once free to visitors, now with a cover charge of $5. The entry fee is more than recoupable as a full meal is available through the offerings of the 10 food booths, not counting the free coffee offered at Anazao Coffee and Starbuck’s Coffee booths.
Raffles were held throughout the night and the overall raffle winner was Tammy Paterson from the Aflac booth who took home $1000.00.