This weekend Sparwood will be the center of business during the first annual Spring has Sprung Trade Fair. This fair, centered mostly around home based business owners will have thirty vendors selling everything from food to clothing to duct tape wallets. Event creators and organizers Mandy Merrill and Megan Lebsack, says this type of event is very exciting and very needed in the Elk Valley. “Here in the Elk Valley there are so many people who have small home based businesses and nowhere to really promote them, us included. We know that there social media is bombarded with business promotion, and in most cases it is people from out of town getting the business because they have better or more noticeable promotion. So many people have been giving us really positive feedback about this event, and there is such a variety of vendors attending and items being showcased, we really think this event will be a huge success,” says Merrill.
This trade fair is geared to give a local flair to home based products, as almost all of the vendors attended will be from the Elk Valley or Crowsnest Pass area. “We just really want people to be able to put a face to the local salespeople, make interactions a little more personal and give people the oppourtunity to showcase the items they have to offer,” says Merrill. “It will also give Elk Valley residents the chance to come on out and support their local retailers,” she says.
This event will take place on Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at the Community Hall, above the arena at the Sparwood Recreation Department. Admission for adults will be $2 and all the money will be split between the Sparwood and Elkford Food Banks. Children can attend the event for free.
“I really want to welcome residents of the Elk Valley to come on out and support their local salespeople, and check out lots of great items,” says Merrill.