Trade show plans shaping up

The local Chamber of Commerce’s trade show committee has been meeting since September, but the clock is now ticking to get everything lined up for this year’s event, which runs April 29-30 at the Memorial Sports Centre.
Businesses already are signing up to showcase their wares and services, with about 30 registered as of today, Chamber manager Dawn Booth reported.
“We’ve got quite a few new exhibitors so far,” she noted, adding the floor plan at the Ice for Kids Arena has been re-worked from last year to accommodate more booths (74 instead of about 60).
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Booth said there’s no special theme for this year’s show, nor will the floor be divided into sections for children, seniors, women, and men as organizers did last year.
“Some things worked, some didn’t. It’s good to keep changing things,” she remarked.
The committee, however, will be bringing back an antiques appraiser (as it did for the 2003 trade show), as well as children’s activities, food booths, benches for seniors to rest on, and demonstrations on everything from chocolate-making to natural health products to home improvement.
This year also will see the return of the “Hole-in-One Putt” contest, in which people can try their luck to sink a putt and get their name 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 (last year’s included a Dodge 4×4 truck from West End Motors, a KIA Sorento from K-Sport Kia in Kenora, or a prize package from Badiuk Equipment).
Unlike last year, however, there also will be consolation prizes for those who get their name drawn but don’t crack the code.
Booth said Crime Stoppers also will be having a “Bail or Jail” fundraiser in conjunction with the trade show this year, where local celebrities will be held captive until their ransom is paid.
This event raised about $12,500 for the local Crime Stoppers last time.
The trade show will run Friday, April 29 from noon to 9 p.m. and again Saturday, Aril 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.