Friday, 19 April 2013 08:34

Full complement of vendors at annual Brooks Trade Show

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The Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce is holding its 31st Annual Trade Show this weekend and it will be a full house with more than 150 vendors displaying and selling their wares.


The show is open 1 to 8 p.m. on April 19, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 20 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21.
Friday is seniors’ day with seniors paying only $3 to get in the doors. Admission otherwise is $5 for adults, $3 for youth, $15 for a family pass, and children in grades six and under are free courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re completely sold out,” says Tracy Acorn, Chamber manager, about the vendors booths.
The trade show will fill both areas of the Lakeside Leisure Centre and attendance averages about 9,000 people every year.
There will be a lot of door prizes up for grabs thanks to generous businesses including Decora Home, My Community Cash Box, County of Newell, and Dinosaur Provincial Park.
A concession is available and there will be some tasty treats available for people of all ages, including mini doughnuts, fudge, cotton candy, popcorn or visitors can socialize while enjoying a coffee.
SPEC officials will again take care of the children’s area which will include games, jumpy castles and face painting.
The Chamber and Newell Regional Economic Development Initiative have partnered for a year to launch their own currency that can be used in businesses in Brooks and the County of Newell. That currency, known as “My Community Cash” will be on sale at the trade show for 10 per cent off. That means people can spend $90 to receive $100 of the currency. It can be spent at the trade show or used in more than 55 stores in Brooks and the county.
Also as part of the currency program, there are quarterly draws. Individuals who use the currency will place their name on it and be entered to win $200 each quarter. Then in January of 2014, there will be a draw for $1,000.
“We’ve sold about $35,000 worth so far,” says Acorn, about My Community Cash. “It’s gone over very well.”
She is looking forward to another successful trade show in Brooks. She says a strong  reputation has been built between the community and the vendors who head to the city to take part in the event.
“We have to give a pat on the back to the Chamber and its volunteers, but also to the community,” adds Acorn. “Vendors always say what a nice community this is, it’s clean and the people are friendly. They always do well here. It’s one more example of when you get outsiders in (to Brooks), they’re pleasantly surprised at the quality of the community and the people here.”
More information about the trade show and the chamber is available on the website at: www.brookschamber.ab.ca.

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