For the first time in three years the Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a business expo featuring some of the best this community has to offer. Beginning on Friday, April 26th, through Sunday the 28th, between 60-80 different local businesses will showcase their products and services at the Leduc Recreation Centre.
"Years back we used to do a trade show in the fall," said Chamber President Cindy Guy, "but with this revamped and renewed Expo we thought the spring would be a better time of year as everyone is energized and ready for a new start and new projects to come over the summer months."
Cindy also stressed that this isn't just your typical showcase where you simply walk through and browse all the vendor stalls that have been set up; although that is certainly encouraged! But rather, this is an event for the whole family. "There will be constantly rotating entertainment on the stage throughout the day," said Cindy, "We have five different singers, a martial arts demonstration from Tiger Studios, Connectivity Dance is going to perform, there will be free Segway rides on Friday evening and on Sunday afternoon people can put on a big padded suit and try sumo wrestling free of charge!" Also making a return appearance, with organizational assistance from Mommy Connections, is the ever popular Baby Crawl which will take place Saturday afternoon at 1:15.
For the kids there is a bouncy castle, face painting and a balloon artist, while the adults can get some great new landscaping ideas, book a massage, or check out a new car!
With the 2013 Alzheimer's Hockey Tournament taking place the same weekend at the LRC, the hard working Chamber ladies were able to connect with those powers that be and arrange for a few former NHL stars to drop in to the Expo throughout the weekend and sign some autographs.
Leduc's brand new FM station, The One FM, will be on hand all weekend cruising around the venue, conducting interviews with various vendors and chatting with the public. And if all of that hasn't convinced you to come down and check things out, well who can resist puppies?!? The Alberta School of Dog Grooming surprised everyone by informing them that they will have puppies at their booth available for adoption this weekend.
As impressive and fun as all this sounds, maybe the most surprising thing about this weekend is that the entire event is free! The is no charge to attend and everyone is encouraged to come look around and enjoy the entertainment as many times as they desire.
"Leduc has grown so much over the last few years," commented Cindy. "There are so many new businesses and services in town, the community should come down and see some of what we have to offer!"
A full list of vendors, entertainment and times for the different events can be found on the chamber website at