Rain clouds could hold sil­ver lin­ing for Trade Fair

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De­spite best-laid plans, or­ga­niz­ers of this year’s Trade Show in Alexandria know there is one im­por­tant fac­tor that is be­yond their con­trol -- the weather.

Visi­tor turnout for the event can of­ten be af­fected by the ther­mome­ter, points out Anik Sam­son, one of the or­ga­niz­ers of the May 1-3 ex­hi­bi­tion that is spon­sored by the Alexandria and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce.

“The tem­per­a­ture can make a big dif­fer­ence in at­ten­dance,” notes Ms. Sam­son, a mem­ber of a three-per­son com­mit­tee that is stag­ing the fair at the Glen­garry Sports Palace. “If the weather is re­ally nice, peo­ple will want to take ad­van­tage of the warm tem­per­a­tures and work out­side around their houses,” she ob­serves.

On the flip side, rainy weather may con­tain a sil­ver lin­ing. “Two years ago, we had a lot of rain, and we were very busy,” Ms. Sam­son re­calls. How­ever, at­ten­dance dipped slightly in 2014, when con­di­tions were warm on trade show week­end.

For many peo­ple in the area, the ar­rival of the trade show is fur­ther con­fir­ma­tion that Win­ter is fi­nally over.

About 2,000 to 3,000 peo­ple usu­ally take in the com­mer­cial show.

BIG PRIZES

Ad­mis­sion is free to the fair, which this year will fea­ture 62 booths ar­ranged in a slightly dif­fer­ent lay­out. One ob­vi­ous change is that there will be no camper dis­plays in­side the arena.

Visi­tors will also no­tice that the value of prizes has also in­creased this time around.

About $5,000 in prizes are up for grabs. The list in­cludes $1,500 in Cham­ber of Com­merce dol­lars, a wa­ter treat­ment sys­tem worth $1,800 and a VIA Rail gift cer­tifi­cate worth $1,554.88.

The rail­way com­pany was par­tic­u­larly gen­er­ous this year; in the past, VIA has given a prize worth $500.

THE CHAIN­SAW LADY

A spe­cial at­trac­tion this year is The Chain­saw Lady, Ger­dine van Wouden­berg, who will be de­mon­strat­ing her wood-sculpt­ing tal­ents Satur­day, May 2.

The trade fair is an ef­fec­tive means for busi­nesses to pro­mote their goods and ser­vices. Proof of that is that many ex­hibitors re­turn ev­ery year.

The show is on from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fri­day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun­day.

Tra­di­tion­ally, the Alexandria ex­hi­bi­tion has been held ev­ery sec­ond year, al­ter­nat­ing with the Cham­plain trade show in Van­kleek Hill. The cham­ber opted to make the show an an­nual event this year but will likely re­vert to the bian­nual ar­range­ment next year. That means that the next Alexandria trade fair will take place in 2017.

The fair is one of the big­gest ac­tiv­i­ties staged by the cham­ber of com­merce, which, in ad­di­tion to pro­mot­ing busi­nesses, sup­ports com­mu­nity groups and events.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

BEST IN SHOW: Lo­cal land­scaper Andy Scherer re­lates that his com­pany’s dis­play was quite a hit at the re­cent Home and Gar­den Show in Ot­tawa. The Dalkeith-based Scherer Gar­den­ing Land­scape and De­sign kiosque was voted the “Best Gar­den” in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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