Rimbey Expo well received

A good crowd, plenty of participation and fun activities for the younger set made this year’s trade fair one of the best ever.

Rimbey Lions members Joyce Tona and Don Bresnahan share a laugh during the Rimbey Expo held last Saturday at the Rimbey arena.

A good crowd, plenty of participation and fun activities for the younger set made this year’s trade fair one of the best ever.

Jackie Stratton, president of Rimbey and District Chamber of Commerce said the Expo held May 9 and 10 at the arena went over well with great participation from local and out-of-town businesses and non-profit groups.

“It was 90 per cent filled. We had only about three empty spots. And we had a handful of people from out of town.”

As well as good participation, attendance was better than last year, she said.

“We definitely had more people go through this year. The Farmer’s Market was held at the same time and a lot of people thought that was a good idea and seemed to work well.”

As well as booths from businesses and not-for-profit groups, the trade fair had a number of activities for the children including face painting, balloon animals, a photo booth, bingo cards and crafts.

“It is a very social event,” said Stratton. “It gives people a chance to get out and visit.”

Rimbey Expo is important to the town, she added.

“As a chamber we feel the Expo is an opportunity for growth in our community.”

The Hot Air Affair held in conjunction with the Expo previously was not held this year, due to financial restraints. However, the hot air balloons may return 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