Anthony Castillo of Richards Pizza serves guests samples during the 2015 Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase. This year’s event on Oct. 4 will feature more than 90 local businesses. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Beer and drones: 3 things to know about Fairfield event this week

Here are 3 things to know about the 2017 Fairfield Chamber Business Showcase, which will take place from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Receptions Conference Center, 5975 Boymel Drive:

1. The latest technology for businesses

That includes commercial drone demonstrations by Butler Tech “Drone King” Matt King, who will speak during a luncheon preceding the Wednesday showcase on how businesses and families are turning to drone technology and how drones can play an important role in both.

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“We’re looking at a number of companies that want to use it,” said Kert Radel, the chamber of commerce’s president and CEO. “Here’s a chance for people interested in using drones for their company to find out what they need to do.”

Commercial drone demonstrations will also take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. during an adults-only After Hours event.

2. No Taste of Fairfield, but there’s beer

The luncheon will feature Sean Willingham, co-founder and head brewer of Municipal Brew Works, which launched in Hamilton in 2016.

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Taste of Fairfield, which has been part of the showcase for well over 20 years, won’t be part of this year’s installment, Radel said.

“There are fewer and fewer restaurants that have the manpower to do it, so what we’re doing this year is you can go out there and buy a bottle of beer, you can buy wine, which you always could … and then you can see the drone demonstrations,” he said.

3. More than 90 local businesses in one place

The showcase, which is free and open to the public, also will highlight more than 90 vendors under one roof, allowing area businesses to make key contacts, Radel said.

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The showcase features booths in three main showrooms to visit, including Mercy Health-Fairfield Hospital’s booths on the latest in health news along with home improvement booths such as Ray St. Clair Roofing and a variety of booths from banks to retirement and rehab vendors to a mobile veterinarian and more.

Booths for entertainment will include Topgolf, The Web Extreme Entertainment, Full Throttle Indoor Karting and Premier Shooting and Training.

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