Show com­ing into its own

South Dun­das cham­ber’s third fall trade show sees two dozen sat­is­fied ven­dors

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - COMMUNITY LISTINGS - TODD HAM­BLE­TON

MORRISBURG – It’s not to be con­fused with the an­nual Spring Home and Trade Show held each year.

But the South Dun­das Cham­ber of Com­merce Fall & Win­ter Trade Show has grown into a suc­cess­ful event too, al­though on a smaller scale.

The third-an­nual edi­tion was held re­cently at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 48 in Morrisburg, and cham­ber of com­merce gen­eral man­ager Geral­dine Fitzsim­mons was pleased with the feed­back.

“The ven­dors were very happy with the re­sults,” Fitzsim­mons said. “When the ven­dors are happy, I’m happy.”

The event, which had about two dozen ven­dors dis­play­ing their prod­ucts, had door prizes and lots of food, with free ad­mis­sion to all of the ac­tiv­ity.

Con­sider it a fall boost for par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses, al­beit a much smaller show than the spring arena ver­sion that of­ten has as many as 80 ex­hibitors and a to­tal of 2,000 vis­i­tors.

“It’s tough be­ing in busi­ness, but trade shows pro­vide (own­ers) with a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case their prod­ucts to a lot of peo­ple,” Fitzsim­mons said. “We’re al­ways happy to have a trade show, be­cause it pro­vides that op­por­tu­nity.”

The venue for the fall show, the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, seems to be a per­fect fit.

Chelsea Smith was the win­ner of the Gi­ant Tiger $100 gift card, and Shayla Brush was win­ner of the fam­ily pass to Alight at Night, courtesy of Up­per Canada Vil­lage.

As for the afore­men­tioned spring show, dates have been an­nounced (April 21-22) and the event’s com­mit­tee has al­ready held its first meet­ing, Fitzsim­mons noted.

“We’re look­ing at a few dif­fer­ent things (for next spring),” she said. “Peo­ple are al­ready book­ing (ven­dor spa­ces), so it’ll be here be­fore you know it.”

There are cham­ber ac­tiv­i­ties that come up sooner, in­clud­ing the South Dun­das Night at the Races, on Thurs­day, Nov. 23, at the Rideau Car­leton Race­way Casino. It’s an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the South Dun­das com­mu­nity with friends, fam­ily and lo­cal busi­nesses.

“It’s a fun so­cial night for us, and we’re hop­ing to be able to pro­mote South Dun­das too,” Fitzsim­mons said.

Pro­ceeds of the fundraiser are go­ing to­ward the cham­ber’s “Wel­come to South Dun­das” sign, on County Road 31.

“(The sign) will be re­placed or up­graded,” Fitzsim­mons said.

There are two pack­ages avail­able, in­clud­ing Pack­age A for $45.99, which in­cludes coach trans­porta­tion to and from Rideau Car­leton, an all-you-caneat buf­fet and pre­mier win­dowor 200-level seat­ing. Pack­age B is sim­i­lar, but with­out bus trans­porta­tion, and avail­able for $35.99. More in­for­ma­tion can be ob­tained and reser­va­tions made by call­ing 613-543-3982.

And, note that the South Dun­das Fall Busi­ness Break­fast Se­ries has an event on Nov. 29, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., at McIn­tosh Coun­try Inn in Morrisburg.

The Busi­ness Fund­ing Sem­i­nar is a ses­sion that will fea­ture in­for­ma­tion on gov­ern­ment grant pro­grams avail­able for busi­nesses, and there will also be in­for­ma­tion pro­vided on other forms of fi­nanc­ing.

To regis­ter, con­tact the Busi­ness Enterprise Cen­tre at 613-9302787 ext. 2277. tham­ble­ton@post­ twit­­hold­erTodd


Tammy Thomp­son (left) and Natalie Brunidge, of Lakeshore Mas­sage Ther­apy, at a this year’s South Dun­das Cham­ber of Com­merce Fall & Win­ter Trade Show.

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