Plenty of interest at 28th annual Focus on Women Trade Show

Jason Kerr
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Residents from around Prince Albert had a chance to get out and enjoy the Focus on Women Trade Show at the Exhibition Centre on Saturday.

Attendees at the Focus on Women Trade Show check out some items on display at the Obsession Greenhouse and Gift Store booth on Saturday.

The show featured almost 100 exhibits over Saturday and Sunday, providing local residents with an opportunity to socialize and shop after a long winter.

“This year I thought was very well done, with a lot of new and interesting booths,” attendee Wanda Owen said.  “Usually I don’t shop, but today I did.”

This is the show’s 28th year of operation, and the organizers say things have never been better.  Attendance in previous years has hovered around the 1,800 mark and trade show director Linda Grimard says they’re confident they’ll reach those numbers again.

“Turnout is very good,” she said.  “We’re way above usual there.  People are really coming out to the show.”

The good weather played a large part as icy roads and cold conditions can wreak havoc with vendors trying to make the trip into town.  It can also keep the crowds away, but Grimard said they didn’t have any such problems this year.

“It’s (been) pretty smooth sailing,” she said.  “Just the odd flu, that’s what’s happening this year.”

While there are always a few exhibitors making a long trek to the show, most groups come from local areas.  For many attendees that’s one of the attractions.

“I find it amazing that all this stuff is in the area,” attendee Esther Hays said.  “You just don’t realize all the choices there are.”

There isn’t much of a chance for organizers to rest after the show is over.  The same organizing committee does other trade shows in the area, like the Focus on Christmas Show in November.  They’ll start planning for next year’s Focus on Women show in April, but they aren’t overwhelmed.

“We’re all pros at it,” Grimard said with a chuckle.  “We’ve been doing it for a long time.”

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