Focus on Women Tradeshow opens in P.A.

By Taylor MacPherson
March 18, 2017 - 12:00pm
Amy Holinaty (R) and Denise Smith show off their Hydration Sticks at the Focus on Women Trade Show and Sale.
Amy Holinaty (R) and Denise Smith show off their Hydration Sticks at the Focus on Women Trade Show and Sale. Taylor MacPherson/paNOW Staff
Local artist Tom Gertz poses with his handmade birdhouses and vases.
Local artist Tom Gertz poses with his handmade birdhouses and vases. Taylor MacPherson/paNOW Staff

One of Prince Albert’s largest annual tradeshows kicked off this morning at the Exhibition Hall.

The 31st annual Focus on Women Trade Show and Sale has taken over the hall, with more than 100 booths using up every inch of available floor space. Catering to the lives of women, the show features art, products and services ranging from fitness to finance to fudge.

Show director and exhibition president Linda Grimard said the show began 31 years ago as an answer to the annual farm show which, naturally, was more male-oriented.

“Most of us women would run the kitchen for the men. So we thought we should have something for women,” Grimard said. “It started off small, and now it’s the biggest tradeshow we have in our building here.”

Since its creation more than three decades ago, Grimard said the show has grown to the point that they can no longer accommodate every booth on the show floor.

“We can’t grow any bigger,” she said. “We’re always full and we have a waiting list.”

Amy Holinaty said the tradeshow provides an excellent opportunity to introduce P.A. women to her product, called Hydration Sticks.

“You add them to your own water bottle in order to promote more water drinking,” Holinaty said. “Each of our sticks have their own properties.”

Each of the varieties have various health benefits, Holinaty said, such as nootropics, antioxidants or mood-enhancers.

Although Holinaty has been busy running her booth, she said she was excited to take a look around the show floor and see what’s being offered.

“We did notice that there’s a bunch of new vendors this year, and so we are really excited to be able to go and see what P.A. has to offer,” she said. “It’s really important to support local, so come down and see what’s new.”

The show will be open to the public from 10 until five Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3 per person.

 

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