Trade show booths starting to fill up–More details revealed

While the local Chamber of Commerce’s 20th-annual home and leisure show won’t take place until May 2-3, registrations already are coming in as organizers work out more and more of the details.
Chamber officer manager Dawn Booth said late yesterday that 20 exhibitors have registered, which is close to one-third of the target number of 70.
“We’ve had lots of new inquiries this year, so we’re hoping to have lots of new exhibitors,” Booth noted, adding those businesses thinking of registering should be aware that if they do so prior to March 1, they can qualify for an “early-bird” draw for a chance to get a free booth at next year’s home and leisure show.
Booth also said the Chamber’s special events committee is working on a number of ideas to go along with the 20th anniversary of the trade show.
“We’re looking at doing some different games and some bigger draws. Looking at bringing in some different performances or demonstrations,” she remarked, adding there may be some sort of opening ceremony this year.
Booth did confirm that the popular amateur photo contest, first introduced last year, will back again, as will a “cutest pet” photo contest (which has been expanded from “cutest puppy” contest first held last year).
“It’s going to be open to all pets,” she explained. “It will run basically the same as the puppy contest last year. [And] a portion of the proceeds will go to Friends of Animals.
“People can submit a photo of their cutest pet, and this year we’re also looking for a paragraph as to why their pet is special to them.”
Besides a wide variety of exhibitors, the trade show also will likely have a children’s area (featuring face-painting, toys, games, and colouring), as well as the ever-popular “chem-free” grad cake roulette, food for sale, samples, draws, contests, and a penny auction.
“We’re working on a whole bunch of different things, but many have been unconfirmed at this point,” noted Booth.
As previously reported, the date for the home and leisure show has been changed this year. Instead of being held the last weekend in April, it will be run Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 at the Memorial Sports Centre.
As well, the hours it will be open will be shortened to 4-9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday (in past years, it had been opened from noon-9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday).
There will be an admission fee of $3 but like last year, everyone who pays will be entered into a draw for a chance to win $1,000 (or possibly even more due to it being the show’s 20th anniversary).
For more information on the show, such as how to register or to find out rules for the amateur photo contest, contact the Chamber office at 274-5773 or visit www.fortfranceschamber.com