Chetwynd Trade Show sells out

Naomi Larsen

CHETWYND – Chetwynd’s economy may be in a bit of a down-swing but interest in the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Trade Show is at an all time high selling out weeks before the event with more booths than ever.

“We’ve been sold out since the beginning of March, so we were able to squeeze in about five more booths but sold those within days,” Chetwynd Chamber Executive Director Tonia Richter said proudly. “(And) I have to admit that I was a little worried about how the Trade Show sales were going to go due to the economic down turn, but it never affected us at all. I’ve involved since 2008 and I have never had a sold out show.”

The three day show takes place this weekend at the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre and is a perfect opportunity to check out what the area has to offer in both commercial and home based business. From textiles and home decor to housewares, vehicles, RVs and hot tubs there is definitely something there for everyone.

Filling up the hockey arena, the curling rink as well as some spots outside, this year’s show will boast more than 70 booths.

This year’s children’s area is also bigger and better.

“This year my focus was to create a fun, family friendly kids corner,” Richter said. “After all we want our Trade Show to be a family fun event for our community.”

With sponsorship from Spectra Energy, CIBC and the Pomeroy Inn and Suites, Richter worked with a company out of Grande Prairie called In the Zone Party Rentals who are bringing in a variety of bouncy houses.

“In addition to our kids corner, we have Camp Sagitawa climbing wall, Betty’s amazing face painting and Barefoot Photography.”

The show also has a few food vendors to keep patrons bellies full as they browse and shop.

“For the first time this year we will be having a food vendor Mama G’s Country Kitchen just outside the main entrance,” Richter said.  “Also favourites like Yummy Donuts and Temptation (Fudge Lady) will be on location and new this year is Any Time is Snack Time.”

Finally, this year Richter is extremely excited to have chainsaw carver Ryan Cook attending the show.

“Ryan will be here to sell his works of art, take consignment orders and to promote the Chetwynd International Carving Championship 2016,” she said. “Ryan is a world-renowned professional Chainsaw carver and television personality from HGTV’s Carver Kings and OLN’s Saw Dogs.”

Ryan was sponsored by the Lion Inn and Suites.

Also taking place upstairs from the Chetwynd Trade Show in the Cottonwood Room is the Peace Liard Regional Juried Arts Show, hosted by the Chetwynd Community Arts Council.

Held annually at one of the five PLRAC member locations, the Regional Juried Art Exhibition provides an opportunity for regional artists to exhibit their work throughout the region. Award winning works of art are chosen by the jurors and include a Distinguished Award, a Recognition Award, a Student Award, a People’s Choice Award and honourable mention “Chosen” awards.

With the sponsorship of the BC Arts Council, Encana and the hosting arts council, the Regional Juried Art Exhibition sees growth in the number and quality of the art being exhibited every year.

The Trade Show’s doors open Friday afternoon from 4 to 8 pm and then Saturday morning 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Doors close at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

There is a small admission fee and door prizes will be abundant. Admission tickets get your name into the draw with the grand prize being a $1,000 Chetwynd shopping spree. To donate a door prize, contact the Chamber at 788-3345 or swing by their new office.