Fort Nelson prepping for upcoming trade show

It’s a ways away, but the Fort Nelson Chamber of Commerce says it's looking forward to hosting an annual weekend of food and shopping at the Fort Nelson Trade Show.

“We have everything from the car dealerships in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, we have two local not-for-profits, and everything in between,” said Bev Vandersteen, the chamber’s executive director. Over 100 booths will line the Fort Nelson Recreation Centre, and Vandersteen said she expects around 4,000 people to come through.

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“Lots of retail exhibitors come from out of town, some things that we don’t typically have in Fort Nelson are here,” she said. There are some booths still available.

Although the show has grown since the first time she organized it five years ago, this is a slow time for the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality in general, as they wait for a green light on a liquefied natural gas export facility. That makes the upcoming trade show more important for the community.

“It brings some economics into town as well,” said Vandersteen. “We bring in these exhibitors that are hopefully shopping local and staying local, so they’re also helping to support the local economy.”

Then of course there’s the food, and other activities that go along with it.

Although the focus is the trade show, this year will have a fire department demonstration.

The trade show takes place May 1 to May 2.

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