Show coming into its own
South Dundas chamber’s third fall trade show sees two dozen satisfied vendors
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. email@example.com twitter.com/FreeholderTodd
Tammy Thompson (left) and Natalie Brunidge, of Lakeshore Massage Therapy, at a this year’s South Dundas Chamber of Commerce Fall & Winter Trade Show.