Chamber of Commerce gear up for annual trade fair

Rimbey and District Chamber of Commerce’s annual trade fair is coming up and businesses are already booking their spots.

Jackie Stratton

Rimbey and District Chamber of Commerce’s annual trade fair is coming up and businesses are already booking their spots.

Carrie Vaartstra, executive assistant for the chamber said about 130 invitations have been sent out and responses are coming in for the trade fair to be held May 9 and 10.

“We have the arena booked, we just need to fill it,” she said.

The trade fair is a great opportunity for local and out-of-town businesses and not-for-profit groups to make themselves more visible and promote themselves.

“It gives the public a chance to see what businesses the town has and also what volunteer groups are active and busy,” said Vaartstra.

Last year 55 businesses booked booths at the trade fair and the number of visitors increased from the previous year.

Chamber president Jackie Stratton said the trade show is vital to Rimbey.

“As a chamber we feel the expo (trade show) is an opportunity for growth our community.”

To book a booth at this year’s trade fair call Vaartstra at 403-392-6521 or check out the chamber’s website at www.rimbeylive.ca or the Facebook page of Rimbey & District Chamber of Commerce.

The Hot Air Affair held in conjunction with the trade fair the last two years will not be held this year, but will probably continue in 2015.

Stratton said the hot air affair has proved to be a popular event and attracted great turnouts, however, due to expenses incurred to bring the event to town, having the function every other year is the best option.