Exciting plans for annual trade show


The South Dundas Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Spring Home and Trade Show at the Morrisburg Arena this month.

The weekend event begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 20th with an official opening ceremony at 6 p.m. and will finish at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21st.

Of the approximately 80 spaces for exhibitors, to date over 95 per cent have been filled with businesses from all around the area, including a few from Cornwall.

According to Chamber manager, Geraldine Fitzsimmons, “we’re really excited. We’ve got some new local companies coming in and some of the traditional ones too.”

Businesses range from landscaping and home decor exhibitors to restaurant owners. There are businesses of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds, all hoping to meet new customers and contacts.

In addition to free admission, visitors to the event have a chance to win one of ten $100 give-aways sponsored by the Chamber. 

The only stipulation, Fitzsimmons pointed out, is that the winner must spend the money at one or more of the businesses who participated in the show.

Along with traditional exhibitor set-ups inside and outside the arena, there will also be ongoing demonstrations on the stage. The demonstrations will be done by those exhibitors interested in taking part. So far, among those ready to participate are an Elvis impersonator, a Denmark inspired open sandwich maker, and a Hartford Retirement demonstration.

Three radio stations have signed up and will be  taking turns broadcasting live from the Morrisburg Arena location. Q Country 102.9 FM; Yes-FM 96.7 FM; and, Oldies PAC 98.7 FM are the three participating stations.

The arena will be decorated with royal blue curtains, which according to Fitzsimmons “makes a nice backdrop for our exhibitors to display. It transforms the arena into a real trade show look for the exhibitors.”

“The Chamber of Commerce really appreciates working with Donnie Lewis,” said Fitzsimmons, “he’s always accommodating and always goes overboard to help us.” Lewis is recreation manager for South Dundas.

The Morrisburg and District Lions Club is once again in charge of the very popular Friday night chicken barbecue. 

In addition, this year they’ve added a Saturday morning pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m., complete with maple syrup donated by the Basket Case Café and Gallery.

The Lions Club canteen in the arena’s lobby will be open as well and offering their usual fare.

“We’re hoping people come out to see what South Dundas has to offer,” said Fitzsimmons.

The event takes place Friday, April 20th from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 21st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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