Annual Chamber of Commerce Trade Show set for April

The 35th annual show will take place on April 8th and 9th

Lacombe’s 35th Annual Trade Show is on the way next month.

The Lacombe arena complex will play host to one of the biggest trade shows yet on April 8th and 9th.

Hosted by the Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce, the show has a lot to offer visitors said Executive DirectorMonica Bartman.

“There’s a little something for everyone,” she said. “We are really excited about it. There are lots of vendors participatingthat help build community within our City. It’s really nice to work with businesses and groups who see that as a priority.”

This year for the main trade show portion, the Chamber has 85 registered vendors, which is up from last year’s total.

The trade show will not only feature vendors from Lacombe, but also Red Deer, the surrounding area and throughout theprovince.

Attendees will have the opportunity to browse booths from a large variety of vendors from car and RV dealerships, homeimprovement businesses, home builders, health-oriented businesses, spas and salons and repair services.

Booths feature not only businesses, but also local service groups like the Lacombe Rotary Club or the Lacombe and DistrictBig Brothers Big Sisters, who may want to showcase what their not-for-profit organization has to offer to the community.

“There is also quite a variety of not-for-profit booths,” said Bartman. “It’s not just about shopping. You can also learn aboutthe resources that are in our community.”

Last year, the trade show ran throughout the two arenas and for the first time, also included a marketplace, set up in thecurling rink. The marketplace portion of the show is returning this year and will again host home-based businesses similarto a farmer’s market with many vendors that offer cash and carry products.

“In the marketplace, we still have room for more vendors,” said Bartman. “In the end, we will probably have around 40.”

Also in the marketplace, attendees can receive a swag bag, if they are one of the first 150 entrants on both days of thetrade show.

The trade show will also feature face painting on site, offered by the Lacombe Composite High School cosmetology class.More door prizes will be given away and a ‘minion’ character will be roaming the show, waiting to meet with kids.

The Lacombe Fire Department, along with some trusty firefighters, will be on site with a fire truck for attendees to checkout.

Through the sponsorship of the City of Lacombe, BOLT Transit will be offering free rides to and from the trade show inLacombe from the opening of the show on Friday, until the show closes on Saturday.

“That way attendees can go to the show, hop on and off and maybe stay in town a little bit longer,” said Bartman.

The trade show runs Friday, April 8th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 9th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $1 per person. All proceeds from the admission fee go towards the Lacombe and District Chamber ofCommerce annual scholarship.

For more information or to book a booth in the marketplace, contact the Chamber at 403-782-4300.