The Valrico/FishHawk Chamber is once again bringing a Shop Local Expo to Park Square in true Florida Style with the Fourth Annual Shop Local Expo on Saturday, November 17, from 9 a.m.-Noon. With food tasting, fun games, crafts for kids and shopping opportunities with local vendors, there is sure to be something for everyone!

FishHawk’s own resident Jake Dela Cruz will be the DJ and emcee for the event which will include the annual Mascot Dance Off and Corporate Flamingo Challenge. Last year’s winner, Encore by David Weekly, showcased a corporate flamingo in a holiday house for the 1st place finish.

The idea of an old-fashioned, family fun expo, games, treats for kids, business booths and local crafters, all gathering for a shopping event was developed and the first annual Shop Local Expo was created three years ago.

“We wanted to host an event that would help introduce our businesses to the community and also make it fun for parents and families,” said
Valrico/FishHawk Chamber Event Coordinator Bridget Jenkins Wilson, owner of Cardinal Roofing. “And, to give our local businesses a chance to display their booths to the community.”

Families will enjoy music, shop the local business booths,enjoy games and pick up a few treats for gift giving. Business booths are sold out but interested volunteers or participants can email questions to or find more information at

The Valrico/FishHawk Chamber is a non-profit organization of more than 235 small and local businesses. General Assembly meetings are open to the public and held the second Tuesday of every month at River Hills Country Club.

FishHawk Park Square is located at 16132 Churchview Dr. in Lithia in the heart of FishHawk Ranch at the corner of Dorman Rd. and Churchside Dr. The event is free to attend.

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