Trade show has full slate of exhibitors

With the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s annual home and leisure show coming up April 28-29 at the Memorial Sports Centre, organizers are expecting a full house of exhibitors this year.
“If we were not to get anybody else at this point, we’d still be full,” Chamber manager Dawn Booth noted yesterday. “But we’ll certainly arrange to fit people in if they still want space.”
She noted 65 exhibitors currently are booked.
“That’s what our target was—we’re right where we need to be,” said Booth, adding quite a few new exhibitors have registered this year.
Booth also noted anyone wanting to do demonstrations, particularly those tying into the home and leisure show’s theme, “Life at the Lake,” should contact her at the Chamber office (274-5773).
Those doing demos don’t necessarily have to be registered exhibitors, she said.
Booth said those who attend the trade show next weekend can expect what they’ve seen in past years, including free samples, draws, food booths, and demos, as well as activities to keep kids busy while the adults look around.
“There’s definitely something for people of all ages. Everyone’s encouraged to come and check it out,” she remarked.
Although 2006 won’t see the return of the popular “Hole-in-One” putting contest, Booth said there will be a skill-testing contest in which contestants will get chances to win “big prizes.”
Called “Rainy Lake Horseshoes,” it will be a similar game of skill, where players pay $5, get to toss three washers at a board with holes in it, and put their name into a draw for each one they get in a hole.
Then, more than 100 names will be drawn, and each of those people will get a chance to enter their own five-digit code into the safe. If they crack the code, they get a choice of prizes.
The three main sponsors will be Badiuk Equipment (an outdoor recreation package), Sight & Sound (a $50,000 home theatre system), and IQON Financial ($50,000 customized investment portfolio).
There also will be consolation prizes.
This game also will be open to children, but they will be eligible for different prizes without having to enter a safe code.
There will be a $2 admission fee to get into the home and leisure show, with children under 12 getting in free if they’re accompanied by an adult.
And instead of “passports” that trade show-goers get stamped by exhibitors and enter in a draw for prizes, there will be a comment card they can fill out and enter.
The trade show will run next Friday (April 28) from noon-9 p.m. and again Saturday (April 29) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more information on the show, to book space as an exhibitor, or to sign up as a volunteer, call Booth at 274-5773.
Information also is available at www.fortfranceschamber.com