Trade show kicks off tomorrow

Shaping up to be bigger and better than ever in conjunction with the town’s centennial, the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce will be “Celebrating 100 Years of Community & Lifestyle” during its 15th-annual spring home and leisure show, which starts tomorrow at the Memorial Sports Centre.
“Everything is ready to go,” enthused Chamber co-ordinator Dawn Booth. “With all the exhibitors and activities we have, it’s going to be a big one.”^The two-day event, which runs tomorrow from noon-9 p.m. and again Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., will kick-off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Glenn Witherspoon, Chamber president Alan Tibbetts, and town crier Brian Hagarty.
Sporting a full slate of more than 50 exhibitors, products ranging from 3-D home movie systems, wheelchairs and musical instruments to milkshakes, distilled water, fireplaces, and scooters will be on display there.
But more than that, the trade show also will feature fun for the whole family—with a centennial theme behind it all.
One aspect of the trade show that’s shaped up to be wildly popular is the antique fair.
To help out, the Chamber has hired professional appraiser Dr.
John Cooper of Winnipeg to do appraisals for the general public, for which people have been required to pre-register.
Though it’s now too late to sign up, “people are still welcome to watch,” said Marla Simpson, the town’s centennial co-ordinator.
Dr. Cooper will be set up upstairs in the arena auditorium, as will In Focus Photography, which will be taking “old-fashioned” photos complete costumes and all.
Simpson will be among those manning the booth for the town’s centennial.
“We’re going to be promoting events, selling souvenirs, and will be showing the centennial DVD, which should be on sale by late summer,” she remarked.
This DVD showcases the town and recounts its history.
Other activities planned for the trade show include: •Funny Farm Petting Zoo (Friday from noon-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.); •Hay rides (Friday from 3-6 p.m.
and Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.);
•Tot-Tanic Slide, Unicorn Belly Bouncer, virtual reality snowboard/ skateboard games, and other children’s activities;
•Early Iron Club vintage auto show (Saturday from 2-4 p.m.); and
•Demonstrations by the Fort Frances Visserettes, Fort Frances Trampoline Club, Fort Frances Wado Kai Karate Club, Dancemakers, Fort Dance Studio, and Fort Frances Square Dancers.
Admission to the trade show is free, but some activities may require a small fee, noted Booth.