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Mark your calendars: Chelsea Spring Expo April 13

Courtesy photo. A family enjoys a previous Chelsea Spring Expo.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Trinh Pifer for the information in this story.)

On Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Chelsea Spring Expo celebrates 13 years of community engagement. More than 140 different vendors including area businesses, crafters, non-profits, and school groups will have booths on display at the Washington Street Education Center (WSEC).

Chelsea is a great place to live, work, and play.

This is highlighted every year at the Chelsea Spring Expo where people of all ages spend a fun day enjoying music, art, and learning a little bit more about our community.

As the event organizer, the Chelsea Senior Center engages community partners and volunteers of all ages to make this family friendly event a huge success.

The KidZone at the Expo is a partnership with SRSLY, a coalition established to empower youth to live healthy, substance-free lives by bringing the community together.  Decked out in the SRSLY lime green color, the KidZone will have face painting, crafts, games, and MakerSpace activities from the Chelsea District Library.

This year, the library will also feature a virtual reality demo. Fowling (bowling with a football) provided by Chelsea Lanes will return for a second year.  The KidZone is a big draw for the Expo and is packed throughout the day with young families and grandparents with their grandchildren.

Monica Monsma, executive director of the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, said in a press release, “The Spring Expo has something for everyone.  It’s the best opportunity to learn about our community, area businesses, local groups and more.  It’s one of Chelsea’s best events.”

Want to be wowed by birds of prey?  Meet live hawks, owls, falcons and vultures up close and personal and learn all about the amazing adaptations of birds of prey. This free program will be put on by the Howell Nature Center at 1p.m., be sure to arrive early for a seat.

Come find out what your community has to offer and enjoy free goodie bags and door prizes.  Stop by the best-ever bake sale offered by the Chelsea Senior Center for homemade pies, bread, and other delicious treats.

Listen to the Mighty Cukes as they stroll and perform ukulele songs throughout the Expo from noon to 1 p.m.  With free admission and parking, it’s a fun day and a fun way to explore your community.

Rodney Payne, a long-time Chelsea Spring Expo committee member, “The Expo marks the beginning of spring with the lazy, sunny days of summer not far behind.  It is a community event where we greet old friends and meet new ones.  A place to update ourselves on the many wonderful things Chelsea offers.”

All exhibits will be indoors, so rain or shine, plan to meet your friends, bring your family and join us at the Washington Street Education Center at 500 Washington St.

A terrific lunch menu offered by the Chelsea School District will also be available, so bring the family for a fun afternoon and come celebrate spring.  There will also be a designated sensory- and nursing-friendly area.

Call 734-475-9242 for more information or visit

Special thanks to our 2019 Platinum Sponsors:

  • St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital
  • United Methodist Retirement Communities

Gold Sponsors:

  • Chelsea Lumber Company
  • “Jiffy” Mixes
  • Chelsea State Bank
  • Edward Jones
Courtesy photo. A look at the bake sale at a previous Chelsea Spring Expo.
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