Exhibitors reap big as UMA trade show sees student crowds

The Uganda International Trade Fair on Thursday registered the highest number of people since it opened on Monday, a resumption after a two-year hiatus occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among those who showed up at the fair were students from various schools across the country.

For most high school students, they spent most of their time shopping and enjoying entertainment around the fair, such as participating in dance competitions to win gifts, among others.

Common stalls that caught the attention of students included items of clothing, cosmetics, food, ice cream, barbecues as well as drinks and confectionery.

Some of the students captured buying candy.

A certain Enock Seguya who sells achievement cards and special gifts said he was happy to see that the number of people at the trade event had tripled in one day, leading to an increase in their sales.

“The sales I made today are much better than any I made in the last three days. I don’t regret coming here,” Seguya said.

A camel ride was available for the intrepid guys with a little extra cash.

An ice cream vendor who also attended the fair said she was optimistic it would make the most sales by the end of the day.

“Monday and Tuesday we were here, but the biggest number of people inside the fairgrounds were mainly our fellow exhibitors who were also moving around as they seemed bored. We are praying that everything goes well like this happened today,” she said.

She added that she hoped that on Independence Day more people would attend the trade fair.

“I sold over eight packs of candy in one day, which was not possible before,” remarked a Jennifer selling candy and confectionery.

Some of the students who participated in the dance competitions.

The 28th Uganda International Trade Fair started on Monday October 3, 2022 and will be closed on Monday October 10, 2022 by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

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