It's now less than three months until the fifth annual Wetaskiwin and District Chamber of Commerce Trade Show.
This year's trade show will be held April 12 and 13th at the Wetaskiwin Civic Centre.
At the Jan. 29th Chamber breakfast, outgoing Chamber Executive Director, Alan Greene, gave an update to the breakfast audience about the trade show and what guests can expect this year.
Compared to years past, this year's trade show will all be held in the same building. Last year, the trade show booths were in the Drill Hall, while the agricultural component was found in the curling rink, leaving guests to walk between the two buildings on a rather chilly spring day.
This year, Greene explained that the booths will be in Arena 1 while the agricultural equipment will be moved into the Drill Hall.
"The ice is coming out earlier by the city," Greene said. No ice in the arena also means there will be no hockey tournament, leaving more parking available for trade show patrons.
Moving the trade show booths into the arena also means more booths will be available for businesses to sign up to take part in the trade show itself.
"Last year we had 50 booths, we're now up to 80 booths. So we're growing quite a bit," Greene said.
The trade show booths are open to businesses who have taken part in the past as well as other businesses in the city who want to take part.
Greene said last year, more than 1,400 people came through the doors throughout the two days, making the two-day event a great way for businesses in the city to advertise and get their names out in the community.
Early bird registration is available until March 1. Greene said booth registration and placement is on a first come first serve basis.
New City Website
The City of Wetaskiwin is proud to introduce their new website to the public.
After several months of planning and preparation, the new website has gone live, and city communications manager, Dale Cory, says that visitors will find the site more user friendly.
"Its all apart of developing a better relationship with residents," he told the business crowd at the chamber breakfast.
Cory also said that the city has more than 300 subscribers to their online newsletter and more than 800 likes on their Facebook page.
Another way that the city communicates with residents is through public meetings and open houses. The city's budget presentation will be held next Monday at city hall.
The next Coffee with the Mayor will also be held.
Feb. 7 at the Wetaskiwin Legion.
At the end of February, the city will also distribute their new City in Motion newsletter door-to-door to residents.
The next parade of programs will also be held March 13 when the new spring program guide will also be available to residents at the end of February.