Thinking of checking out the Fort Saskatchewan Trade Show and Sale? Here’s what you need to know.
After a two-year hiatus, the Fort Saskatchewan Trade Show and Sale returns this weekend with some new additions. This year’s show will have more space and an added outdoor component featuring new exhibitors at the Dow Centennial Centre.
The outdoor space will focus on RVs, power sports, hot tubs and spas, and anything outdoor-related. A food truck area and stage will be set up for entertainment and live demonstrations.
"We've been doing it for over 35 years, and it is definitely a staple for the community," said Tamara Dabels, executive director of the Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce.
Entertainment for the show includes Harold Reichstein, Old Tyme Wild Rose Fiddlers, various singers and dancers.
Familiar favourites such as the money tunnel are returning, where competitors can win hundreds of dollars to spend at the trade show. Making a comeback is the baby crawl Sunday at noon. The fastest baby wins a prize package. Pre-registration is required.
Plenty of kid-friendly activities are happening, including a bouncy castle, face painting, and Fort Sask mascot Auggie the Sheep is making an appearance. View the entire entertainment and activity schedule here.
Additionally, show-goers will have a chance to interact face-to-face with local businesses for the first time since the pandemic.
The weekend kicks off Friday afternoon with a VIP Reception at the Sawmill Prime Rib and Steakhouse for dignitaries and sponsors, followed by an opening ceremony featuring pipes and drums. Mayor Gale Katchur will perform the ribbon cutting to open the show officially.
“It’s all that pomp and ceremony that’s really fun, and it’s great to get back to.”
Dabels noted parking can be challenging, so they have a shuttle that will take people to and from the DCC with pickup and drop-off at the Kanata Inn.
Admission is $5 per day ($7 on the weekend) for adults, $2 for seniors and children under 12 can get in free.
The dates are:
- Apr. 29 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
- Apr. 30 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- May 1 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This well-attended event sees an average of 6,500 attendees over the course of the three days.
More details can be found here.