“No doubt about it,” said South Dundas Chamber of Commerce general manager, Geraldine Fitzsimmons, “the 2012 South Dundas Home and Trade Show has turned out to be the biggest and best show ever.”
Over 80 exhibitors set up displays at the Morrisburg Arena in time for the grand opening of the show April 20. During the two day event, close to 2,000 visitors came through the gates. “And I noticed this year that people stayed right up to the end, right until the show closed,” Fitzsimmons said.
The Trade show seemed to offer something for everyone who dropped in.
“There was great diversity in the exhibits,” Fitzsimmons explained, “and this really kept people’s attention.”
Area artists, food providers and unique demonstrations caught the interest of crowds. People also took full opportunity to examine products and services and to establish contacts with area businesses.
“Our exhibitors reported that they were very busy and very pleased. A number have already approached us to book for next year’s show,” Fitzsimmons said. “Many commented on how they were delighted with the warm reception they received here in South Dundas.”
Ten $100 gift certificates, redeemable at local businesses, proved very popular.
“This was a wonderful show,” said Carol Harris, a gift certificate winner, who came to South Dundas from Ingleside. “I was very impressed with the Trade Show. We actually went around the arena three times to be sure we didn’t miss anything. And I won a gift certificate!”
Ed Kingsley emceed the official opening ceremonies held at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 20. Attending the ceremonies, and full of praise for the organizers and participants, were South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds and councillors Evonne Delegarde, Jim Graham, Archie Mellan and deputy mayor Jim Locke.
“We’d just like to take this opportunity to thank the Chamber for putting together this Trade Show,” the mayor said. “It just proves how much there is to see and do in South Dundas.”
Warden of the Three Counties, Ian McLeod brought greetings to the crowd as did Eric Duncan, on behalf of MP Guy Lauzon, and Jim McDonell, MPP.
Chuck Barkley, president of the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce, gave his personal thanks to the many volunteers and to the members of the Chamber of Commerce who worked so hard to bring the show about. “We could not have done anything this great without their help,” Barkley said, and invited the crowd to “take time to speak to all our wonderful vendors, and enjoy the 2012 South Dundas Spring Home and Trade Show.”
“This year’s Home and Trade show has definitely generated a lot of excitement and interest in South Dundas,” said Geraldine Fitzsimmons.