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Trade show to support playground committee

The proceeds from Fort Macleod’s April trade show will go towards a new water park and playground at Centennial Park.
Details of the revamped park are not yet available, but playground committee president Jill Burrows is excited about the new project, and very pleased the trade show has allocated its proceeds to them.
“We’re extremely happy,” Burrows said. “We’re excited to be chosen to receive the trade show funds. We’re looking forward to putting the money back into the community. It will go toward a playground and water park at Centennial Park.”
Something that would benefit the whole community — that’s the very reason the trade show committee chose the playground committee to receive the funds.
“We discussed who to give it to and felt that the whole community could benefit from a playground,” trade show committee president Korine Kreft explained.
The playground committee has booked a booth at the trade show.
“We want to let people know what we’re about, and what our plans are,” Burrows said.
The trade show now in its third year will be held again at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre on Friday, April 15 from 1-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Last year’s show was a sold-out success, and Kreft anticipates a full arena once again.
“Response has been great and we only have a few booths left, which should be booked up quickly with the calls we have been getting,” Kreft said. “We have 66 spaces altogether.”
Cost for a space at the trade show is $150 again this year.
People were trying to reserve space as far back as last year’s show, Kreft said.
“There were people that told us they wanted a table for next year but we didn’t start booking until January when I sent out e-mails,” Kreft said.
Categories so far include construction, landscaping, home decor, jewellery, tourism, banks and financial, health, and real estate.
People are coming from far and wide again, Kreft said.
“So far we have businesses from town but also a few from Calgary, one from Elkford, some from the Lethbridge and Coaldale area, and Pincher Creek and Claresholm.”
There will be a silent auction once again, with its proceeds going to the fire department.
“They’ve been busy — the fire department — collecting donations for the silent auction,” Kreft said. “The vendors have also been very generous. We have received admission tickets, equipment rentals, art, jewellery, pet food, and much more.”

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