Exhibitors bring out people and people bring out exhibitors. Judi Best, Executive Director of the Wetaskiwin and District Chamber of Commerce is hoping the new features and events that are being added to the Spring Showcase Trade Show, April 11th – 13th, 2014 will bring out both.
Planning of the 2014 Trade Show began immediately following the 2013 event. Attending her first major public event as the new Chamber Executive Director, Judi Best commented, “I have to commend Allan (Greene) for planning and hosting this (2013) event. I am already looking forward to next year’s Trade Show and hope I can make it even bigger and better. Planning will be in full swing as soon as we close the doors on this one.”
“The Chamber has planned a Trade Show with a new look and feel,” suggests Best. “We want to give businesses the best possible opportunity to showcase their product. We will also be giving urban and rural patrons an experience they will remember to encourage local shopping. We want to showcase what Wetaskiwin has to offer and keep our residents from heading north to do business.”
What’s new at Spring Showcase
The 2014 Show will be bigger, better and longer than in previous years. People are provided additional time to access exhibitors with the addition of Sunday Show times. The times are Friday 3-8 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday noon -5 pm. The changes were implemented at the recommendation of the exhibitors who attended previous Trade Shows. “Exhibitors indicated to us that they would like to see the Show extended to 3 days. It is a lot of work to set up and prepare the displays and only showcase their products for a day and a half. They told us to make it worth their time and value. They would like to see the show include Sunday.”
FEASTival –“The Chamber has worked with seven restaurants, eateries and caters to develop a FEASTival where people can experience the delicious food and an array of dishes Wetaskiwin has to offer. Tickets can be purchased at the door and have a value of $1 each. Vendors will determine the ticket value for each of their dishes.”
FEASTival will take place on Saturday, April 12 from 12 – 6 pm and Sunday 12 – 5 pm. If successful, it is hoped FEASTival will be part of the Wetaskiwin Summer Festival.
Entertainment – “There will be face painting for the kids, a caricature artist, CFCW will be on site Saturday with a live remote, and a stage that will host entertainment and presentations.
Many of the exhibitors have prize draws at their booths, and a Grand Prize for the show has been donated by Hi-Line Equipment.
TD Canada Trust has joined the Chamber in partnership to be the proud official sponsor. Edmonton International Raceway has also partnered as a sponsor for Spring Showcase.
“Spring Showcase will give businesses the opportunity to showcase their products. Patrons attending will pass along the information they obtained at the show, to at least six other people. Attending Spring Showcase can also highly cost-effective as it costs 22 percent less to contact a potential buyer at a show than through traditional field sales calls. We are still accepting exhibitor applications and hope to have all the spaces filled. You can contact the chamber at 780 352-8003 to obtain more information.”
With a new look, new components and lots to see and do, we want to increase business participation, increase attendance and grow Spring Showcase to become the not-to-be missed Spring Event and grow it to be bigger and better than ever.
The cost to attend is $7.00 for Adults, Children 6 and up $3 and seniors will be able to attend Friday evening at a cost of $5.