Trade show, music festival make for a busy weekend

As the middle of April arrives, it’s that busy time of the year for Stettler to take centre stage.

Visitors are expected to pack the Stettler Recreation Centre this weekend for the annual Stettler trade show

As the middle of April arrives, it’s that busy time of the year for Stettler to take centre stage.

The annual trade show and music festival are in full swing this weekend.

Both those events showcase Stettler as the economic and cultural hub of east-central Alberta.

And for those into the western lifestyle, the Big Valley Bust-Out Rodeo goes Friday and Saturday nights.

The Stettler Recreation Centre is expected to be abuzz for the Stettler trade show from Friday through Sunday, with something for everyone on the program.

With a reputation as one of the most popular trades shows in Alberta, Stettler has attracted about 30 new exhibitors who will help fill more than 100 display spaces.

That also shows Stettler is a prime centre for many new businesses to do their business and relocate here — to help boost the economy and population in the Stettler region.

On the performing arts stage, Stettler and District Music Festival spotlights a variety of talent from the local region and from communities throughout central Alberta.

The festival begins today and runs through April 20, with the grand concert scheduled for April 23 at the Stettler Performing Arts Centre.

While the current festival celebrates 45 years, many local performers — from young children to seniors — have excelled not only on the Stettler stage, but in the provincial spotlight.

Take time to watch the local and inspiring talent that Stettler has developed with a strong contingency of teachers and instructors, many of whom were on stage as performers in their younger years, and taught by other talented teachers.

Some of the performances include:

— Piano on April 10 and 11.

— Dance on April 12 to 14.

— Band on April 15.

— School Chorus on April 16.

— Vocal on April 16 and 17.

— Speech on April 17 and 18.

— Musical Theatre on April 19 and April 20.

— FROESE’N TIME

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