New venue a perfect fit for Focus on Trade 2012

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The Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre at Mosaic Place proved an ideal setting for Focus on Trade 2012, held there on Saturday and Sunday.

By Joel van der Veen

The steady rain may have put a damper on some plans last weekend, but it proved beneficial for organizers and vendors at Focus on Trade 2012.

Krista Olafson, one of the co-ordinators for the local trade fair — which marked its 30th anniversary this year — said the cloudy skies brought many people into the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre at Mosaic Place on Saturday and Sunday to tour the displays and booths.

“The weather kind of co-operated with us in that respect,” she said.

Her comments were echoed by Norwex sales consultant Ann Deshaies, who shared a booth with her colleague Deana Watson. Deshaies said she was very pleased with the turnout and the steady flow of traffic.

“It’s been super,” she said. “We’re in certainly a good spot, and it’s been constant.”

This was the show’s first year in its new venue at Mosaic Place. Olafson said the increased space allowed for the addition of 20 more booths.

The show was originally held in the Moose Jaw Hillcrest Sports Centre and then, several years later, moved to the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds, a site chosen for its increased accessibility.

“I think, being in downtown, it’s more exposure,” Olafson said.

This year’s show — presented by the Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce, Moose Jaw Exhibition Company and the Kinsmen Club — featured 97 exhibitors, including 30 new vendors, and a total of 124 booths. In addition to local vendors, others came from Regina and smaller communities in the area.

Olafson reported that there were 1,263 paying guests on Saturday, not including the many children who attended with their parents or other supervisors.

“We’ve had nothing but good comments,” said co-ordinator Tiffany Gallo, adding that many vendors had complimented the facility for its location, easy access, open space and relaxed atmosphere.

Gallo also said there was representation from a good mixture of businesses, from small, home-based operations to larger companies, and lots in between.

For more information, see Monday's edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Focus on Trade 2012, Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre, Moose Jaw Hillcrest Sports Centre Moose Jaw District Chamber of Commerce Moose Jaw Exhibition Company Kinsmen Club Times-Herald

Geographic location: Regina

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Recent comments

  • Realist
    May 01, 2012 - 18:48

    Sickofbitchers,I have lived in this town longer than you,over 70 years, and i am entitled to my opinion just as you are.By the sounds of it,it sure looks like your getting your fair share of bitching yourself.And no,there are lots of us that don't like what happened down there, and i never will.

  • Stu Griffin
    May 01, 2012 - 13:33

    ' Sick of bitchers, easy man.. Realist was just stating his opionion, if you wish to a bluesky dreamer that's great. Furthermore Realist is "right" so just chill awhile and let folks speak their mind...If that's allowed in M.J

  • Realist
    May 01, 2012 - 09:31

    Mj,did you happen to see how wide the streets are in the downtown area of the multiplex?The farming equipment today just happens to be wider than all the streets.Plus there is no land mass for the rest of the agriculture equipment once your chicago designed hotel is built????? I'm sure these other places you are talking about are not in the downtown area like ours is in mj.

  • Sickofbitchers
    May 01, 2012 - 09:30

    Realist why dont you quit bitchin about everything related to the rink and deal with it quietly. Its been built and theres nothing that can be done now but enjoy it. If you cant do that then move somewhere else!

  • MJ
    April 30, 2012 - 17:43

    I have been to large farm shows in Toronto and the area around the venue was tigher and busier than Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw and it was not an issue ... also several large farm shows in the USA in a confined area and again no problem. Not sure why it would be a problem in Moose Jaw.

  • Realist
    April 29, 2012 - 19:21

    The mosaic place is fine for small shows,but try and put a farm progress show in there because of the location.The size of the tractors and combines and other farming equipment are to large to manouver to get there,but i guess we can always have a lawn and garden tractor show down there.The location would be ideal for this.Well thought out again.And can you believe it,a man associated with agriculture helped to put it there.Go figure!