By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The Indian River Mall is celebrating the end of summer and a special Floridian holiday this weekend.
The mall in Vero Beach is teaming up with Dermody Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics to present the Back To School Expo on Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Florida's tax-free holiday weekend.
The 2013 Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott approved a tax-free period from 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 2 to 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 4 and a number of items less than $75 are eligible for purchase without taxes.
Expo attendees will be able to take advantage of the tax-free shopping at the mall and also enjoy the games, food samples, and more than 40 vendors at the event.
Representative from the Indian River County School District will be available to answer questions about lunch programs, transportation and after-school care.
Free vision screenings and toothbrushes will be provided by Lenscrafters and Dermody Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics respectively. Entertainment will include a fashion show, cheerleading demonstrations, face-painting and more.
Donations of old eyeglasses will be given to Onesight, a charitable organization that exists to restore and preserve clear vision to 314 million adults and children in need worldwide who cannot see clearly, a press release said.
The following are some of the tax-exempt items available for purchase this weekend: clothing apparel, backpacks and handbags valued at less than $75, select school supplies of $15 or less and personal computers and accessories of less than $750 per item.
For more information on the expo, visit www.simon.com/mall/indian-river-mall.