Home and leisure show coming up

There still are some spots open for exhibitors wanting to display their wares and services during the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s home and leisure show coming up April 29-30 at the Memorial Sports Centre.
“We’re getting there. We still have some spaces available,” Chamber manager Dawn Booth said.
“We will probably have over 60 booths booked by next weekend,” she added, noting if there’s anyone out there who wants one, they can give her a call at 274-5773.
“We’ve got quite a few new exhibitors this year. We’ve also got quite a variety,” said Booth, mentioning wares range from candles to clothing to fudge to solar-powered systems.
And once again, the exhibitors are a 50/50 mix of district merchants and those from elsewhere in the region.
Booth noted there’s no special theme for this year’s show, nor will the arena floor be divided into sections for children, seniors, women, and men as last year.
But the committee is bringing back an antiques appraiser. Those interested can make appointments now to see Dr. John Cooper of Winnipeg on either the Friday or Saturday of the trade show.
For a fee of $17, people can bring in up to three items for Dr. Cooper to appraise. Each appointment is for 15 minutes.
To make an appointment, call 274-7891.
The two-day show also will include children’s activities, food booths, benches for seniors to rest on, and demonstrations on everything from chocolate-making and natural health products to home improvement and physical fitness.
While most of the home and leisure show will take place in the Ice for Kids Arena, Badiuk Equipment, which had a tent outside the Memorial Sports Centre last year, will be using the entire ’52 Canadians Arena to show off a whole range of vehicles and equipment.
This year also will see the return of the “Hole-in-One Putt” contest, in which people can pay $5 to try to sink a putt and get their name entered into a draw.
The first 100 people drawn then will get a crack at entering a five-digit code to open a “prize vault.”
Booth said the prizes will be “big” once again, including a Dodge Ram Quadcam 4×4 from West End Motors, a Kia Sportage from Borderland Esso and K-Sport Kia in Kenora, and a sports package from Badiuk Equipment, which includes a boat, motor, trailer, ATV, motorcycle, and riding lawnmower.
Unlike last year, however, there will be two consolation prizes. If no one cracks the code, the 100 people who had their names drawn will have their names put back together and two will be drawn.
Those two will get one of two consolation prizes, which include a barbecue from Canadian Tire and a patio set donated by IQON Financial.
Booth said she’s confident the putting contest will be even more popular than last year, which saw just over 100 people get a hole-in-one to qualify.
No one cracked the code.
“I think people understand the game now,” she added.
Crime Stoppers also will be holding a “Bail or Jail” fundraiser in conjunction with the trade show this year, where local celebrities will be held captive until their bail is paid.
This event raised about $12,500 for the local Crime Stoppers last time around.
This year’s proceeds will be split between Crime Stoppers and the local Community Policing Committee, which is planning to have a summer camp for police and children next year.
The trade show will run Friday, April 29 from noon-9 p.m. and again Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission is $2, which includes a “passport” that patrons can get stamped at participating booths and then enter a daily draw to win prizes. Children under 12 get in free with an adult.
Booth noted the Chamber needs volunteers to work the door, relieve exhibitors when they need to take a break, and so on.
Those interested can call her at 274-5773.