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Lima Noon Optimists hold 70th annual Home Show and Business Expo

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The expo helps the optimists to continue to do all of those things for kids, especially since the Optimists don't do a lot of fundraising throughout the year. The expo helps the optimists to continue to do all of those things for kids, especially since the Optimists don't do a lot of fundraising throughout the year.

For the last 70 years, the Lima Noon Optimists have been holding their annual Home Show and Business Expo, where thousands of show participants and visitors make their way to the Allen County Fairgrounds to see all of the different businesses represented and the services they provide.

While a lot may have changed since the very first expo 70 years ago, one thing has remained the same through all those years; the reason for the expo itself.  The Lima Noon Optimists help out area youth in several different ways.

"The biggest one is obviously Safety City, that takes about $20,000 from this event," said Ben Anderson, Expo Chair for the Lima Noon Optimists.  "The other things we support are the Lima Area Youth Orchestra, we do Little League, Youth Appreciation Day, and the list goes on and on with a lot of little other things that pop up throughout the year."

The expo helps the optimists to continue to do all of those things for kids, especially since the Optimists don't do a lot of fundraising throughout the year.

"Unfortunately this is our only fundraiser, so this raises funds for all of those projects, and without that, those projects would not be around," said Bob Laman with Lima Noon Optimists, who has been helping with the expo for many years.

And while it is a lot to bring everything together, seeing so many people coming together to support the expo over the years means a lot to those that work to organize it.

"It’s good to know that we really do you have a true community partnership, that’s why people are just coming out, not just for their home, but they also realize that they're doing a good thing by helping support the youth of Lima - they are our future leaders of tomorrow," Anderson said.

About 100 vendors participated in this year's expo.

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