Annual trade fair still a hit with public

Everything was great, even the weather for the Ponoka chamber trade fair.

One of the several junior Jedi trainees battles the evil empire following the training session on Friday

One of the several junior Jedi trainees battles the evil empire following the training session on Friday

Everything was great, even the weather.

Yet, that was the one thing organizers for the the annual Ponoka Chamber of Commerce Trade Fair would have loved to have a bit different for the event held at the Ponoka Culture and Rec Complex April 15 and 16.

Chamber executive manager Les Jaster said the show went very well and saw some good attendance numbers with 2,600 people walking through the doors.

“Everything worked very well and the Star Wars theme went over really well with the kids as well as the big kids got a lot out of it, too,” he said.

“The attendance numbers were slightly down, but not because of the economy. It had to do with the exceptionally warm weather we’ve had.”

The unusual warmth experienced this spring had a lot of people off travelling or getting some work done outside at their homes, farms and summer places rather than staying close to home and heading inside for some activities.

Despite that, Jaster explained all of the trade show participants were pleased with what they saw over the weekend.

“The consensus among everyone was that it was a great show and weekend with not a lot of any negative comments,” he said.