Trade show to feature speaker series

Now that spring has arrived, it’s time for the annual Stettler and district trade show

Last year’s Stettler and district trade show attracted thousands of people to the Stettler Recreation Centre.

Last year’s Stettler and district trade show attracted thousands of people to the Stettler Recreation Centre.

Now that spring has arrived, it’s time for the annual Stettler and district trade show, with lots of activity planned for the weekend of April 12, 13 and 14.

“We are again completely sold out, with more than 100 exhibitors — with about 30 new to the show,” said Stacey Benjamin, the Stettler Regional Board of Trade manager and trade show co-ordinator. “We have another exciting trade show. Quite a few other trades show are on that weekend in Alberta, so it proves that Stettler has a good trade show.”

Virtually all of the exhibitors will be from Alberta, with one from Manitoba for the show at the Stettler Recreation Centre.

Displays will feature community organizations, municipalities, home-based businesses, home improvements, financial, agriculture, clothing, furniture and fish and wildlife.

“New this year, we will have a speaker series on Saturday,” Benjamin said.

The 30-minute sessions are slated to feature personal finances, automotive, shoes and cosmetics.

“The committee decided to add this as a benefit to people who may not want to visit all the exhibits, but get a glimpse of some of the vendors and what they have to offer,” Benjamin said.

The trade show has become a major spring event for the region.

“It’s a big social event and many people stay for a whole day,” said Aubrey Brown, the executive-director of the board of trade. “Vendors also love the opportunity to spend more time with the visitors.”

Heartland Youth Centre plans face-painting for Friday and Saturday during the show.

The doors are open Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.