Trade show ready to roll tomorrow

Christmas will be coming here early this year as the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s annual trade show gets underway tomorrow at the Memorial Sports Centre.
“There’s lot going on. We’re very, very excited,” Chamber co-ordinator Dawn Booth said this morning.
“There’s going to be over 50 exhibitors. And we got some new ones this year. They’ll be providing lots to do at their individual booths,” she added.
“It will be a great weekend.”
The event starts tomorrow with a free barbecue from noon (when the doors open) until 1:30 p.m. The show itself is open until 9 p.m. and again Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $2 (children under 12 will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult).
Activities tomorrow will be highlighted by a performance by the Rainy Lake Highlanders at 6 p.m., followed by the vocal talents of “Quest for the Best” contestants Kristina Bombay, Alyson Booth, Jodie Allan, and possibly Lindsay Hamilton.
On Saturday, a performance by Dancemakers Studio is slated for 1 p.m., followed by a jam session where local talent is welcome to hit the stage just for the fun of it.
Clinic Pharmasave will be holding a diabetes clinic there all day tomorrow as well as a cholesterol one on Saturday. A kids’ corner and beer garden will run both days, as well as appearances by Santa Claus.
NCDS Career Works will offer tips on résumé writing and job searching, and human resources advice for employers, along with free draws. And Right Step Orthotics will have demonstrations on the making of custom-fitted orthotics.
 In-Focus Photography once again will be collecting for its “Mitts for Kids–Helping Hands” campaign. A “mitt tree and wool bin” will be on hand at the trade show to help ensure local kids make it through the upcoming winter safe and warm.
Visitors also can give the local Salvation Army food bin a head start for the holiday season with donations of non-perishable items.
Some of the door prizes visitors have a chance to win include gift certificates, gift baskets, a sweatshirts, “Roots” watches, and even a one-night stay and dinner for two at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay.
In related news, Booth noted volunteers can help out by just showing up at the trade show and saying they want to help. “It’s never too late for volunteers. We can always use more floor ambassadors,” she said.
Floor ambassadors help exhibitors if they need to take a break, among other small jobs.
“I’m sure if anyone shows up looking to volunteer, we’ll find something for them to do,” noted Booth.