Spring Valley hosts first Outdoors Expo event

SPRING VALLEY — Partners For Progress and Spring Valley Boosters have come together to host the first annual Spring Valley Outdoors Expo this Saturday, June 21.

The new event will highlight the numerous outdoor activities the Spring Valley area has to offer.

Event chairman Tony Fiorentini came up with the idea to host this sort of event, knowing it would help boost the area’s outdoor recreational businesses and opportunities — from the Illinois River in the city’s backyard which provides boating and fishing, to Hall Township’s Echo Bluff Park, the area’s large motorcycle population, and more.

“I hope we have a good turnout and the weather stays nice and people will want to come back again next year,” Fiorentini said.

The expo event will feature many events from the Jason Reynolds Fetch N Fish Show to a climbing wall sponsored by St. Margaret’s Health to LZ Resale and Indoor Shooting Range, an archery event at Time On The Water Outdoors and Big Buck Archery, to disc golf at Echo Bluff Park.

Most events will be located on the East Saint Paul Street strip with the exception of the archery shoot located at 515 S. Spalding Street.

Spring Valley Economic Development Director Debb Ladgenski said the Jason Reynolds Fetch N Fish Show will be something everyone will want to see. A 4,000-gallon fish tank will be stocked with Illinois River species of fish provided by the DNR Fisheries. Reynolds will be presenting informational programs about the species and will also provide an educational and entertaining show with his trained retriever dogs.

“You will be amazed at the talent of these dogs,” Ladgenski said. “The best place to view the show will be in the Mini-Park.”

Aside from the events, numerous vendors will line the street and be providing raffles, prizes and give-aways. Many of the vendors will be displaying outdoor recreational merchandise along with all sorts of food from the area’s local restaurants.

Uncle Stewy’s Roadhouse will also provide live music from noon to 3 p.m. at the Illinois Valley Fallen Biker’s Memorial.

Ladgenski has helped coordinate the event and is looking forward to people coming together in Spring Valley for an enjoyable day and getting to know what the area has to offer.

“We couldn’t have put together this event without the support of our local sponsors: City of Spring Valley, Dakota Street Insurance, Spring Valley City Bank, St. Margaret’s Health, Walmart DC #6092 and volunteers from the SV Boosters and Partners For Progress,” she said. “People working together is what makes these types of special events happen. I can’t thank them all enough for their time and support.”

To become acquainted with the details of the event and to see a map of the expo, visit the Facebook page: Spring Valley Outdoors Expo.

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