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Expo to showcase local merchandise

Blythe Terrell

— People and businesses with a penchant for local products are invited to check out a display of them Saturday.

The first Northwest Colorado Products Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. About 25 businesses and groups plan to show their stuff at the event. Other businesses and the public are invited, said Nancy Kramer, project coordinator for Northwest Colorado Products.

Part of the goal is to connect producers with retail, restaurant and other businesses, she said.

“The people who will be participants in the expo are all producers either directly of products or of services,” Kramer said.

The free expo will include a chili lunch featuring local beef. Participating businesses include Rockin J Cattle, Wing-Time Buffalo Wing Sauce, Yampa Valley Beef and Bubble Creek Soap Co. The event also will include small workshops related to local food production.

The Routt County CattleWomen will use their booth to gauge interest in a new idea, Kramer said.

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“They will be gathering information on people who are interested in maybe buying a whole beef cow,” she said.

The cow would be raised and then sold to a person, group or restaurant. The buyer would arrange the slaughter and processing, Kramer said.

“It’s a great way for more local meat to be placed in the local market,” she said.

The idea for Saturday’s expo was a product of this year’s Leadership Steamboat class. Each class selects a project, said Molly Killien, spokeswoman for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

“Something everybody in our class was able to get together on was this idea of buying locally and the idea of Northwest Colorado Products,” Killien said.

Volunteers from the 15-member class will staff the expo, class member Shelly St. Pierre said.

“In today’s economy and with all of the sustainability issues that are out there, I feel like we really need to support our local companies and our local producers,” St. Pierre said.

She said she was excited to help showcase local products to the community and to support Northwest Colorado Products.

“The biggest thing with this event is we want the public to know it’s open to the public,” St. Pierre said. “It is not just a wholesale situation.”

If you go

What: Northwest Colorado Products Expo

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Steamboat Springs Community Center

Other: Call 879-4370 for more information