This past Saturday, Jan. 14 the play area at the Stettler Public Library was taken over by Pokemon fans and ardent supporters as 17 boys and girls of different ages sat around the table trading cards and negotiating hard.
The founder of the meet is 10-year-old Jasper Tate who got interested in Pokemon cards and started his collection just three years back.
“I started having a collection when I was seven years old, but it was only when I turned eight that I started swapping and playing,” Jasper said. “Being homeschooled, I don’t get to trade cards and swap my collection with the other fans out there.”
That’s what prompted Jasper to visit the library and suggest if they could host a monthly Pokemon Swap Meet.
“When I had about 1,000 cards approximately I started getting tired of the same ones,” Jasper added. “I’ve never been a part of anything important, so I thought why not ask the library.”
The event has seen a lot of Pokemon fans come together, with the January meet being one of the largest in the community.
“Today’s turnout was great,” Jasper said. “It is pretty fun and when there are a lot of kids, everyone goes back with a fair trade.”