Fall fair can­celled due to lack of sup­port

Town fails to at­tract par­tic­i­pants for sec­ond an­nual trade show

Northern Pen - - Editorial - BY THOM BARKER SPE­CIAL TO THE NORTH­ERN PEN

Af­ter an aus­pi­cious in­au­gu­ral event last year, there will be no fall fair and trade show in St. An­thony this year.

Mayor Des­mond McDon­ald said fol­low­ing on the 2017 suc­cess of the Grenfell Fall Fair and Tradeshow, all in­di­ca­tions were the 2018 edi­tion would be even big­ger and bet­ter. But lack of in­ter­est scut­tled those plans.

“Last year turned out to be a very good event,” he said. “We were op­ti­mistic it was go­ing to im­prove this year.”

When the call went out for par­tic­i­pa­tion, there was ini­tial in­ter­est, but it dropped off.

“We didn’t get any buy-in,” McDon­ald said. “We had a num­ber of booths booked, but that was de­creas­ing as we got closer to the date, and busi­nesses backed out. It be­came ev­i­dent to us, it wasn’t fea­si­ble to move ahead with the event.”

Last year the fair at­tracted 30 busi­nesses, govern­ment and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and lo­cal crafts­peo­ple to the Polar Cen­tre on the week­end of Sept. 22-23. There were 18 booths and 12 ta­bles fea­tur­ing prod­ucts and in­for­ma­tion. A kids’ zone with bouncy cas­tles and games was pop­u­lar and there was also a pie-bak­ing con­test on the Satur­day that the mayor said was ex­tremely suc­cess­ful. Even that didn’t at­tract as many en­trants this time.

“It’s been very dis­ap­point­ing and we’re very dis­cour­aged by the lack of com­mu­nity sup­port,” McDon­ald said.

He couldn’t say why it failed this year or whether they would try again in 2019.

“I don’t even know what the is­sue was, or what the prob­lem was for most peo­ple, if it was the tim­ing or what it was, but as a town now, we’re se­ri­ously go­ing to have to look at whether or not it’s go­ing to be fea­si­ble for us to host events like this in the fu­ture.”

THE NORTH­ERN PEN FILE PHOTO

The St. An­thony Fall Fair and TradeShow wasn’t held this year, due to lack of in­ter­est. At last year’s event, Coun­cil­lor Eric Boyd, Mayor Des­mond McDon­ald and Deputy-Mayor Krista How­ell, are seen hard at work judg­ing the fair’s pie con­test.

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