Dinners & Balls

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If you are planning a fundraising dinner or ball where all guests are guaranteed a seat, this is the most appropriate choice. Our experienced and professional staff will help you design a floor plan that will accommodate your guests, silent auction tables, stage for entertainment, a dance floor, bar service and much more!  From 100 to 900 seated guests, big or small we do it all! Exceptional events happen here because the Porter County Expo Center has over 30 years of experience in planning thousands of events. Our experienced and professional event staff will be with you every step of the way.

The next step in planning your fundraising dinner or ball is to select the Porter County Expo Center facility that will best suit your needs and budget. We are unique in northwest Indiana because we can offer you nine different venues, from formal to casual to indoor/outdoor, based on the number of guests you are planning for. Within each venue, you can choose from a menu of options to customize your fundraiser without breaking the bank. Scroll down this page to review our venues.

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Expo Banquet Room Two is perfect for the smaller and more intimate type of dinner or ball. It can accommodate up to 100 seated guests without a dance floor, and up to 80 with a small dance floor. Please note that the addition of stages, silent auction tables, buffets and bars may further reduce the seating capacity.  This space is 1,728 square feet (27' x 64'), carpeted and air conditioned. 

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Expo Banquet Room One is larger, but still retains the atmosphere for the more intimate type of dinner or ball. It can accommodate up to 200 seated guests without a dance floor, and up to 150 with a dance floor. Please note that the addition of stages, silent auction tables, buffets and bars may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 3,264 square feet (51' x 64'), carpeted and air conditioned. 

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For a unique dinner or ball, the Buggy Wheel Pavilion is just for you! The sides of the building open for easy access, making it perfect for an indoor/outdoor event. It can accommodate up to 200 seated guests indoors without a dance area, and 150 with a dance area. It includes a built in stage for a band. Please note that the addition of silent auction tables, buffets and bars may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 5,632 square feet (64' x 88') with a concrete floor. Without heat or air conditioning, Buggy Wheel Pavilion is only available from spring to fall. It does not include a prep kitchen for caterers, but is one of two facilities that does not require use one of our approved caterers.

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By combining Expo Banquet Rooms One and Two, we can provide space a larger dinner or ball without it feeling cavernous. It can accommodate up to 300 seated guests without a dance floor, and up to 250 with a dance floor. Please note that the addition of stages, silent auction tables, buffets and bars may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 4,992 square feet (78' x 64'), carpeted and air conditioned.

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The Expo East building is perfect for a more casual and larger dinner or ball. It can accommodate up to 350 seated guests without a dance area, and up to 300 with a dance area. Please note that the addition of stages, silent auction tables, buffets and bars may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 9,328 square feet (106' x 88'), air conditioned with a concrete floor.

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The 4H building is also a perfect choice for a more casual and larger dinner or ball, and is more affordable than the Expo East. It can accommodate up to 350 seated guests without a dance area, and up to 300 with a dance area. Please note that the addition of stages, silent auction tables, buffets and bars may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 8,150 square feet (63' x 144'), air conditioned with a concrete floor. It does not include a prep kitchen for caterers, but is only one of two of our venues that does not require you to use one of our approved caterers.

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Expo Main Hall is the best choice for larger dinners and balls that still wish to retain a more formal atmosphere. It can accommodate up to 600 seated guests without a dance floor, and up to 500 with a dance floor. Please note that the addition of stages, silent auction tables, buffets and bars may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 9,840 square feet ( 82' x 120'), carpeted and air conditioned.

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When combining Expo Main Hall and Banquet Room One, an even larger dinner or ball is possible with a formal atmosphere. It can accommodate up to 800 seated guests without a dance floor, and up to 650 with a dance floor. Please note that the addition of stages, silent auction tables, buffets and bars may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is 13,104 square feet, carpeted and air conditioned.

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We like to call our Expo Building the 'go big or go home' option for dinners and balls. By combining our Expo Banquet Room One and Two with our Expo Main Hall, it can accommodate up to 900 seated guests without a dance floor, and up to 750 with a dance floor. Please note that the addition of stages, silent auction tables, buffets and bars may further reduce the seating capacity. This space is a whopping 14,832 square feet, carpeted and air conditioned...and surprisingly affordable.

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CLICK HERE to complete and submit a request for proposal for a fundraiser dinner or ball

Ready to begin event planning for your fundraising dinner or ball? Click on the RFP button to complete and electronically submit a request for proposal.

Submitting a Request For Proposal does not guarantee date availability or costs. It is simply a tool we use to start your event planning. Dates and facilities are only guaranteed when a contract is executed and any necessary deposits are paid. 7% Indiana sales tax is added to all invoices. Sales tax will be waived for non-profits who provide a copy of their organization's IRS Determination Letter.  Prices are subject to change.