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Trade show shaping up

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The local Chamber of Commerce’s home and leisure show committee has been meeting since September, but the clock is now ticking to get everything lined up for this year’s event slated for April 28-29 at the Memorial Sports Centre.

“We’re really starting to get excited about it,” Chamber manager Dawn Booth enthused Thursday.

“The theme this year is ‘Life at the Lake,’” she noted. “The focus is on cottage or cabin life, which we thought was appropriate as the home and leisure show falls around the time of year when people start to think about renovating their cabins.”

Booth said the overall format of the home and leisure show will remain the same as last year, however, as it has worked well and the organizing committee didn’t want to mess with a successful formula.

As in past years, the show is open to exhibitors from any sort of business, and is expected to draw both local and regional vendors of a wide variety of products and services.

Booth said about 350 registration packages have been sent out to prospective exhibitors, and a handful already have signed up.

One confirmed exhibitor who undoubtedly will have the most merchandise for sale is Badiuk Equipment, which once again will be showcasing boats, ATVs, and more in the ’52 Canadians Arena.

As in past years, the public also can expect free samples, draws, and demos at the trade show.

While this year won’t see the return of the “Hole-in-One Putt” contest, Booth noted there will be some sort of skill-testing contest in which contestants will get chances to win “big prizes.”

And while details still have to be worked out, Booth said Crime Stoppers once again will be having a “Bail or Jail” fundraiser in conjunction with the trade show, where local celebrities will be held captive until their “ransom” is paid.

For more information on the home and leisure show, to book space as an exhibitor, or to sign up as a volunteer, call Booth at 274-5773.

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