---- — SALEM — The Greater Salem and Greater Haverhill Chambers of Commerce announce the fourth annual Cross Border Expo Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Northern Essex Community College gymnasium, 100 Elliot St. in Haverhill. Admission is free.
The Cross Border Expo offers consumers the opportunity to directly connect with businesses throughout Southern New Hampshire, the Merrimack Valley and beyond. Exhibitors include restaurants, retailers, professional services, salons, spas, banks, nonprofit groups and more. Exhibitors will offer food tastings, discounts, and direct sales to promote their goods and services. Last year the event hosted more than 90 vendors and more than 1,000 attendees.
This year’s Cross Border Expo will also feature free admission, free raffles every hour (including a cruise to the Bahamas), live radio broadcast, convenient location to both Massachusetts and New Hampshire visitors, free parking, coupons and discount offers from exhibitors, and three celebrity guests.
The event will open with a live performance by Boston Bruins home game national anthem singer Rene Rancourt. Rancourt has professionally sung the U.S. and Canadian national anthems at Boston Bruins home games for the past 35 years. At 4 p.m., Rancourt will open up the expo with the anthem, then visit with guests, sign autographs and take photos.
Also on hand will be Liz Bills, American Idol contestant who was born and raised in Haverhill. She is currently working on her solo debut, after releasing a self-titled debut EP with her band Analog Heart. Bills will perform at this year’s Expo, in addition to meeting and greeting guests, signing autographs and taking photos.
This year’s premier guest celebrity, sponsored by Supercuts, is Boston Bruins alumni Terry O’Reilly. O’Reilly, a retired right winger, was one of the most effective enforcers in National Hockey League history. O’Reilly spent his entire career in Boston, serving as the captain during his final two years. He was the replacement head coach of the Bruins from 1986 to 1989. The Bruins retired his Number 24 jersey on Oct. 24, 2002.
O’Reilly was known for being a tough player, racking up more than 200 penalty minutes in five consecutive seasons. He was referred to as “Taz” in reference to the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character for his hard driving style of play. He was very protective of his teammates. On top of his physical presence, he also had a decent scoring touch, displaying an excellent balance of grit and scoring that any hockey general manager would cherish.
At the Expo, O’Reilly will welcome photographs, autographs and connecting with attendees.
To sign up as an exhibitor, contact either Chamber: Greater Haverhill at (978) 373-5663 or Greater Salem at (603) 893-3177.