With the help of live music, a champion canine and a few snakes and lizards, families managed to beat the winter blues this weekend, if only for a while, at the 11th Annual Wauconda Area Chamber Community Expo and Craft Show.
The event at Wauconda High School featured more than 70 area businesses, organization and clubs, along with the American Legion Post 911 Craft Show.
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The expo began Saturday and included live music by Gritman & Moran and a visit by the 2012 Canine Olympic Champion, Police Dog K9 Maxx.
On Sunday, music was provided by Terry Spizzirri and Dave's Traveling World of Reptiles, which featured an interactive experience with exotic reptiles and amphibians, entertained kids and their parents.
An Illinois Treasurer Cash Dash representative was on hand both days to help area residents find unclaimed cash and valuables.