Local businesses had one of their best years on record at the 2018 Fort Saskatchewan Trade Show and Sale.
Rene Holinksi, sales and events coordinator with the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, received positive feedback from vendors who attended the show.
Business in general was up from past years, with one vendor reporting sales within $20 of their highest-earning year ever.
About 6600 people dropped by the Dow Centennial Centre for the Friday to Sunday event, down slightly from 2017’s total. Holinski was pleased with the attendance figures, but said that a more important benchmark was the number of people choosing to spend their money.
"I think that the feeling across the board with the vendors, they were very pleased with their sales and the community in general," Holinski said. "We did see quite a few new vendors this year, which is exciting because it tells us that people are ready to do business in Fort Saskatchewan."
About 50 per cent of vendors at the show were from the Fort Saskatchewan area. Holinski said this falls in line with the chamber’s shop local initiative.