History

                                                                

 

In 1992, under a different name and smaller in size, the early beginnings of RoRo Expo began. The name “RoRo” came to be in 1996, as a spinoff of BOCO, which stands for the Boone County Expo. The original idea for RoRo was to have an opportunity once a year for local area businesses, that did not have a storefront, to showcase themselves to the public. The main founders of the event were American Family Insurance, Beloit Daily News, The Rockton Herald along with numerous realtors, local banks and small businesses. The first expo was held in the main gymnasium of Hononegah High School.  Approximately 45 booths displayed their business while the metal gym was used for non-profit organizations and food vendors.

In 1996, the RoRo Expo, with the guidance of Miss Pennycook, was adopted by the Roscoe Area and Rockton Chambers of Commerce with a new look and feel. These two "Chamber Neighbors" worked together for one purpose, to showcase our community to you. In 2002, the RoRo Expo was able to enlarge to over 150 vendors under one roof. This enlarged event was due to the newly constructed Hononegah Community High School Athletic Dome. It was at this time that all food vendors, area businesses and non-profit organizations could combine in one location along with the entertainment, demonstrations and the new kidz korner.

In 2010, the idea of "giving back" to one of our own, became a new focus along with offering free services to the public. Cotton candy sales, hair cuts, chili cook-off contests and more, were held to help raise funds for the Goldie B Floberg Center of Rockton.  The free services that were also added for our visitors were things like children's car seat checks, blood pressure screenings, eye & hearing exams, blood drive and children's DNA/ID information just to name a few.

In 2012, we expanded the "Free Services" at RoRo Expo by enlarging the kidz korner, "giving back" to the local food pantry and offered 4 clinics through out the weekend event that visitors could partake in. 

 

This year there will be more new vendors that will have information for you about their company and old friendly faces of those you already do business with.  The basic idea of RoRo still exists today, with the main focus on showcasing our stateline community to you.

This past 2017Expo, more than 100 area businesses were on hand to talk with you and over 7,500 people came to visit, keeping this,"The Stateline’s Premier Exhibitor Event"!