Vendors attract people to annual trade fair and craft show

Nathan Liewicki
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Part of proceeds going to the food bank

There is a simple trick the Eastern Star Trade Fair and Craft Show utilizes to ensure people come back every year.

“We keep having it,” said Lynann Pethick, an Eastern Star member.

This year will mark the fourth edition of the annual show, which is expected to attract anywhere between 200-300. Last year Pethick noted there were about 260 people who attended the show.

The event, to be held March 8 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Masonic Temple – 1775 Main St. N. – will see more at least 20 vendors displaying a variety of products.

“Our first year was tough attracting vendors, but now they are phoning us in January and wanting to know if they can get in,” Pethick told the Times-Herald. “Our biggest thing is getting the vendors and then people come. The vendors bring people out because they tell them where they go.”

She added having the event in March is a plus not only because thoughts of spring begin to circulate, but it also occurs before a lot of other similar shows take place.

“It’s just worked out very, very well for us,” said Pethick.

There is one thing the show will try this year, which involves vendors.

“We are trying some new vendors and that’s a plus because if you keep the same ones it can get stale year after year,” she said. “We have a couple of good ones, for instance Donna's Meats, which is a new vendor we've never had before.”

Other vendors making their debut at the show include Patio and Deck Solutions, Sunset Gourmet and Steeped Tea.

Longtime favourites Taste of Honey and Vivian’s Crafts are, however, among the vendors that will be back at the March 8 show.

The products available for purchase will not come with hefty price tags.

“It's not a trade fair where everything is expensive. Everything is at a good price where everybody can buy something,” said Pethick. “That's hat we like about our trade fair.”

Admission into the show is $2, or a food bank donation. All of the money and food collected courtesy of admission will, in turn, be given to the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank.

“It is a very good thing to be donating to because down the road some day, some of us might be using it,” said Pethick.

Lunch, baking products and coffee will be available for show goers to purchase, with proceeds from those sales also headed to the food bank.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Eastern Star, Times-Herald, Moose Jaw and District Food Bank

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