Trade Fair draws large crowd

A fire stuntwoman was one of the entertainers at the Ponoka Trade Fair.

A fire stuntwoman was one of the entertainers at the Ponoka Trade Fair.

Treasure chests, buccaneers, swords and gold were just some of the excitement at this year’s Ponoka Trade Fair and EnCana Energy Expo.

Hosted by the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce, the Trade Fair featured many business booths, Hamilton’s IGA Extreme bungee jump, stilt walkers, a fire stuntwoman, free draws and much more.

Executive director of the Chamber, Barry Neath, was pleased with the results of the day and says that everything went according to plan.

“It was great,” said Neath. “There were no problems, the kids had a great time, the entertainment was good. Everything went well.”

The arena was full of people both days on April 24 and 25 who toured the many booths, entered into free draws, ate at the Hog n’ Grog, and visited the Farmer’s Market.

The EnCana Energy Expo side had a steady stream of people visiting the booths and venturing out to the parking lot to see the machinery.

The Energy Expo had more booths than last year including some belonging to out of town companies.

Trade Fair chair Marieke Mulligan believes that the Trade Fair was a great success in the town and that everyone had a good time.

“The entertainment was great,” said Mulligan. “It just gives the event more energy and kids loved it.”

About 6,000 people came out to the Trade Fair over those two days, a lot of them being families.

Neath says that the feedback from the attendants was very positive.

“We didn’t hear anything negative at all,” said Neath. “The majority of people were wowed by what the Trade Fair offered and the amount of people that came. We’re very proud of this event.”