The Okotoks and District Chamber of Commerce is preparing for a busy weekend as their annual Trade and Lifestyle Show kicks off Friday, April 20.

This year the show has moved out of the curling rink at the Okotoks Recreation Centre and will instead be based out of Murray and Piper arenas.

Executive Director of the Okotoks Chamber, Jayme Hall, says he'shoping for big crowds.

"We have roughly the same amount of vendors, a few more this year than last year. We are expecting more people to be at the show this year with it being the only trade show in the Foothills region this year so we're expecting our attendance to be up quite a bit, especially on Saturday."

A new feature for the event this year is the art show where local artists will be showing off their work and showcasing their talents.

The Festival of Flavours is returning with eight restaurants participating from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Hall says the trade show is welcoming a number of returning businesses as well as a few new ones.

"We have some businesses taking part in the show we've never seen before and we have some businesses that have been here every year, it's a part of their marketing budget so they're always a part of the Okotoks trade show. What I'm really seeing though is a lot of vendors are doing really unique things with their booth set up, so they're doing free giveaways or raffles so that's exciting."

And 99.7 Sun Country and AM 1140 will be there as well and you can enter to win a 'Made in Alberta' prize pack with CD's and swag from Alberta country artists.

The Trade and Lifestyle Show starts Friday and goes from 5-to-9 p.m. and Saturday from 10-to-4 p.m.

Entry is $2.00 per person or families are $5.00.

Children ages 11 and under are free.


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