Trade show opens for business this Friday and Saturday

MORRISBURG – The annual South Dundas Chamber of Commerce Spring Home and Trade Show hits Morrisburg this weekend.

“The Chamber’s Trade Show is one of the largest and most successful of its kind in the region,” new chamber president Tom Morrow said.

The two-day event, stationed at the Morrisburg Arena, gets underway Friday, April 21 at 4 p.m. with the official opening ceremony taking place at the west end of the arena at 6 p.m.

When asked what makes this year’s event stand out from the rest, manager Geraldine Fitzsimmons said, it was event chair Tracey Veinotte. “What makes it fun is our chair,” she said. “Tracey thinks outside the box all the time. She’s come up with new and good ideas.”

A variety of businesses will be showcased, as more than 80 have signed up to participate.

A change for this season, Erin VanGilst of Create It will have the entire lobby, where she will have several examples of garden design. This, Fitzsimmons said, will include garden-style areas for people to sit after visiting the canteen.

While new ideas were high on the “to do” list for this event, the planning committee agreed to keep what works, including the Morrisburg and District Lions Club’s chicken barbecue on Friday night followed by their pancake breakfast Saturday morning.

The west end of the arena will include two large tents set up just outside the doors, where Bridgeview Marina of Johnstown will be set up with a 21-foot pontoon boat, which will double as the event’s main stage.

Brandon Van Dodewaard’s RPM, stationed out of the Dixon’s Corners Community Centre, will be on site with demonstrations of various mechanized equipment.

In fact, interactive hands-on displays are key for many participating businesses this year, including the South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services.

The SDFES will have a virtual activity complete with large screen of a blazing fire, where the participants (who must be aged 16 and up) will be able to dowse the flames.

On-stage demonstrations will run throughout the event with a scheduled posted at the main entrance to the event. One of the new demonstrations will focus on hearing aid education, Fitzsimmons said.

With free admission and lots of door prizes, this event offers an excellent opportunity for South Dundas residents, as well as visitors to the area, to stop by and find out more about local businesses and what’s available.

The event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 21 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.