When Rich and Tina Waganer, co-founders of Cre-a-tv Studios, opened their facility in Eldersburg, their goal was not only to turn their entertainment ideas into reality but also to share those ideas with the local community.

Cre-a-tv Studios will be holding its first Spring Has Sprung Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. It will be held at their 44,000 square-foot facility and will feature more than 50 vendors which will include musicians, various performances from local karate studios and dance troupes, free food tastings provided by Oscar's Ale House, a Puppy Parade sponsored by The Humane Society and many business exhibits, including their featured vendor Carroll Business Path, which specializes in helping entrepreneurs start their own business. Admission to the event is free.


"WTTR radio will be broadcasting live from our studio," Rich said.

The Waganers, who originally formed the company in 1989 and named it Waganer Digital Video, said they want to produce entertainment that increases involvement by utilizing interactive gaming, where the audience can participate with a downloadable app.

"We do concerts, TV game shows, video game championships and the idea being, for the same price of buying a movie ticket, you can be a part of the entertainment," Rich said.

One of the main attractions at the Expo, he said, is their Get Discovered tryouts, where anyone can audition their talents, whether its singing, acting, comedy or other performances, and these recordings will be used by Cre-a-tv Studios as a talent pool for their own productions currently in development.

Rich also said an exciting feature of the Expo is that vendors have the opportunity to use their state-of-the-art studio to film a 15-second commercial that will play at the facility during the Expo. Cre-a-tv will then give the recorded commercial to the vendor after the event.

Amy Giannakoulias, owner of MBD Maryland, a company that offers advertising and marketing advice to local businesses, will have an exhibit at the Expo and said that the event will help educate the community on what Cre-a-tv Studios can offer.

"This Expo will be a great event which will showcase the facility and allow the community to get a wonderful perspective of what can be utilized in the future," Giannakoulias said.

Giannakoulias also said that the creation of this massive facility has filled a great need in the Sykesville area.

"I think Eldersburg has so much to offer the people in this community, however, space to hold meetings and events has been a major challenge," Giannakoulias said. "Rich and Tina have designed and created a space where there will be no limits to what events can be held in this facility."

Bree Pope, lead producer for Cre-a-tv Studios, said that the purpose of the Expo is to increase the community's awareness of Cre-a-tv and to promote the many small enterprises in the area.

"This idea was a way for us to invite the community into our space to show them we are here but also to showcase [local businesses] as well," Pope said.

After making Eldersburg his home for 25 years, Rich said he is constantly amazed by the talent in the community and that his goal is to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to realize their potential.

"We strongly believe everyone is creative in there own way and Cre-a-tv Studios is a way to showcase talent in our home," he said.