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After two years without, residents of Strathcona County can once again enjoy an annual springtime tradition.

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The great Canadian trade fair and sale takes over Millennium Place this weekend.

“It’s 37and Great annual Canadian Trade Fair and Sale hosted by the Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce and this could have been the 39and annual, but because of COVID we missed the last two years,” explained Todd Banks, executive director of the Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber attempted to hold trade fairs during the two years of COVID restrictions, but the events did not come together.

“There are over 150 exhibitors at Millennium Place this year,” Banks said, adding that the event will see booths fill both football fields and one of the facility’s ice rinks.

The three-day event takes place on Friday, April 8 from 1-7 p.m., then Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Banks expects a good turnout. .

“Our trade show contractor held trade shows in the spring and they had very good turnout from the communities they visited, and we’re looking forward to a similar experience,” Banks said. “It’s such a great community event. After winter, it seems like everyone comes to the living room and meets their neighbor after a long cold winter and asks them what they’ve been up to, and it’s also a great meeting place for the community.

This weekend’s Great Canadian Trade Show and Sale hosted by the local Chamber of Commerce will offer free admission. Lindsay Morey/Press Team/File

This year’s event will also have a slight change that could attract even more visitors.

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“Our Committee and Board of Directors have decided this year not to charge an admission fee and to hold a unique free event so that everyone has the opportunity to come to the show and support companies going through a such a difficult time. over the past two years,” he said. “We want as many people as possible to come out and support the local business community. It takes away some of our revenue, but we think it’s important to get people in front of businesses to help them succeed after a few tough years.

Banks noted that booth numbers are down slightly this year due to a number of factors, but he expects there will still be something for everyone at the annual event.

“Our Shop Local program has received tremendous community support over the past few years and we really appreciate it. Supporting the trade show would be the icing on the cake for the community to say they value community businesses,” Banks said.

There are also several prizes on offer this weekend for visitors to the show, including a $3,000 necklace.

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