Quick sell out bodes well for South Dundas trade show

Never in the history of the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce Home and Trade Show have all the vendor booths been sold out so quickly.

That early sell out has the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce Trade Show committee extremely excited about the event that will take place Friday, April 17 (4 to 9 p.m.) and Saturday, April 18 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Morrisburg arena.

The committee, chaired by Tracey Veinotte, includes Grace McDonough, Shaun Telfer, Clark Perry and Geraldine Fitzsimmons.

Fitzsimmons says that the committee has brought a number of new ideas and enthusiasm to the 2015 show.

“I don’t think we’ve ever packed more vendors into one show,” said Fitzsimmons.

Other years have boasted over 60 vendors exhibiting their services and wares. This year, the that number has climbed to over 80.  

Not only will the trade show floor be filled to capacity with vendors, so too will the entire arena lobby area.

Along with an increase in vendors, McDonough is anticipating great crowds for the trade show. 

“Our attendance has consistently been on the rise. It’s been a long, hard winter, not only for us, but for our businesses. What better opportunity to shake off the winter, than to come on out to the trade show, enjoy some great food and some great company, and see all the variety that is offered by our business community,” said McDonough.

For the businesses, McDonough says, “the trade show provides them with a great opportunity to remind people about their business and to showcase all that they have to offer.”

“The public will enjoy the tremendous variety of exhibitors that will be at this year’s South Dundas Chamber of Commerce Home and Trade Show,” she added. “Best of all, admission is free!”

Doors open a 4 p.m. Friday. The evening features a Morrisburg and District Lions Club chicken barbecue, which starts at 5 p.m.

Opening ceremonies take place at 6 p.m. in front of the Canadian Tire vendor booth. Timothy Christian School choir will sing O Canada, and a couple of other songs they have prepared especially for the event.

About 6:30 p.m., County Road 44 will perform some live, toe-tapping, hand-clapping music to give the crowds a taste of what will be offered at the Galop Canal Bluegrass Festival that takes place June 18, in Iroquois.

A Beau’s Brewery beer tasting will take place Friday evening, getting underway at about 6:30 p.m.

Saturday morning, a pancake breakfast is available on site. 

A fashion show is scheduled for 10 a.m. on the main stage, which this year will be located in the arena lobby. This year’s fashion show is being staged by Timmy’s Place, a thrift shop in the Morrisburg Plaza that offers a huge variety of used items.

A line-up of experts are scheduled from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to drop by to meet an expert and ask them for some free advice. 

Experts will include a golf pro, representatives of Smokey Ridge Winery, a North Dundas area winery, Canadian Tire representatives offering up tips and advice on deck care and maintenance, Morrisburg Physiotherapy staff discussing chronic pain management, smart gardening and warming up for golf, injury prevention, Doggy Style reps discussing pet nutrition and a home inspector discussing what you should know when buying a home.

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