FLINT TWP. — High winds and threatening storm clouds caused some to fold their tents early for the second annual Experience Flint Township Business Expo and Taste Fest, hosted last week at Davenport University, 4318 Miller Road.
Sponsored by Davenport, the West Flint Business Association and the Township of Flint, organizers spent 10 months planning the four-hour event designed to showcase the products and services offered by township businesses. Of 168 invitations sent out, more than 40 registered to participate, said Wilma Mitchell, Davenport organizer. Ultimately, some canceled at the last minute because of the thunderstorm forecast but about 25 businesses pitched their tents in the parking lot where the event took place.
Newcomers this year included Talmer Bank and Hooter’s, Don Pablo’s and the Freakin’ Unbelievable Burgers restaurants.
Flint Township police and fire brought in service vehicles for show and tell. Flint Township booth workers were on hand to give away pens, information about community watch meetings and copies of the newly printed township maps.
Several students and community people stopped in for free food samples and to pick up literature for the various businesses, Mitchell said.
Davenport will host the event again next year but may consider a different time.
This year’s event fell to close to the delayed ending of the school year, Mitchell said.