Chamber spring tradeshow and Riverboat Daze fast approaching

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

The warmer weather is slowly creeping its way back into motion which means summer will be here before we know it. Something else that will be here before we know it is the Slave Lake and District Chamber of Commerce Spring Tradeshow.
Your Leader reporter got the run-down from Chamber president Brittany Giesbrecht last week on how things are shaping up.
“So great!” says Giesbrecht. “We’re just about sold out and have 56 exhibitors that will fill the Pembina arena and lobby at the multi-rec centre. Well over half are local vendors and then there are some from out of the region who do the tradeshow circuit.”
Aside from the vendors, Giesbrecht says there will be various demonstrations throughout the two days and food will be available for purchase.
“We’re super excited about that,” she says. “We have Dance Creations and a dog that apparently can smell if someone has cancer. Plus there will be fresh baked goods and other types of food.”
Admission prices are as follows – $4 for a single, children under 12 and seniors are free and $10 for a family weekend pass.
In other Chamber news, planning of the annual Riverboat Daze celebration is underway.
“We are not looking after fireworks this year,” says Giesbrecht. “There is always some confusion when the fireworks are happening because Riverboat Daze is the weekend after Canada Day. But we decided to take a step back this year because of it being Canada’s 150th birthday. So we will not be having fireworks.”
According to Giesbrecht, the funds usually allocated for the fireworks are being put towards attractions.
“We’re making big changes to Riverboat Daze!” she says. “We want to bring back old activities and change things up – make it a real family friendly community event and pack a lot into the weekend.”
An old-fashioned block party and barbeque are in the works as well as a street market.
“We’re thinking of moving the parade to the Friday and when and where it ends will be the block party,” says Giesbrecht. “As for the ‘open-air’ market we’ll provide the space for vendors and whatever they want to do there is up to them.”
Giesbrecht adds, “Ideally we’d like to have the SandBlast competition on the Saturday and the goal is to change locations of the midway to Phoenix Heights. It’s still in the very early stages of planning but I think we are going to have a great weekend.”
It just so happens, as it were, that the Chamber is having a planning session on April 25th at the Slave Lake Holiday Inn. It starts at 7:00 p.m.
“At this meeting we’ll be nailing down our timeline and see how much we’re going to do,” says Giesbrecht.
For more info call 780-849-3222.

Father and daughter enjoy the fun-slide at the midway during the 2016 Riverboat Daze.

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