“We were a little concerned about staging this show on a Sunday, but it worked out fantastically,” said Geraldine Fitzsimmons, general manager of the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce.
The 1st annual Fall and Winter Trade Show, organized by the Chamber, was held at the Morrisburg Legion on Sunday, November 8, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“According to just the ballots people filled out, at least 200 people came out to meet and talk to our 16 exhibitors,” Fitzsimmons said.
Vice president of the Chamber, Donnie Bowes felt that the Chamber would definitely do a trade show like this again.
“People really did seem to want it,” Bowes said. “The attendance was steady, and there were loads of door prizes offered by our exhibitors.”
While enjoying the delicious food prepared by the Basketcase, visitors to the show were able to get to know local businesses and to talk to local business people.
“We came to this show to put a face to our advertising,” said Bob Taunton, who with Mitzi Taunton, owns Octave Entertainment, professional DJ services. The business is centred right in Morrisburg.
“We’ve been here for five years,” Taunton said, “but I have over 30 years experience. We want local people to know that we’re here and we can handle everything.”
“I take part in the spring Home and Trade Show, and I’ve always enjoyed that,” said Bea Crites of Decorating Den/Interiors. “An event like this is a great way to grow your business and meet people. The Chamber has been a great resource for a small business like mine, with a helpful, knowledgeable staff.”
Natalie Brundige of Lakeshore Massage Therapy offered demonstrations to visitors to the Show. “It’s been a good day,” she said. “The attendance has been steady, and it’s good to see local people and visitors trying things out.”
Terry Tinkess owns Terry Tinkess Photography, and attended the trade show from his home base in Ingleside.
“I found this a very good experience,” he said. “I am hoping to develop a new clientele in this area. I see a strong connection between South Dundas and South Stormont.”
Iroquois businessman Henry Swank had a booth at the Fair, manning it with his nephew, Jesse Swank, who is training with the family company, Swank Construction. “We are in Morrisburg looking at the prospects,” Swank explained. “I wanted our company to make an appearance here.”
There was a wide variety of businesses represented at the trade show, ranging from construction companies to home care and home improvement companies, clothing, water treatment, novelties, real estate and organizations such as Chartwell.
“Businesses were very generous with door prizes at this event,” said Geraldine Fitzsimmons. “And we could never have put this first Fall and Winter Trade Show together without the help of our volunteers, Mary Beuley, Barb Scott and Dick Kropp.”