Airdrie Home & Lifestyle Show attracts thousands of visitors
The 34th annual Airdrie Home & Lifestyle Show was a success, according to the organizers with the Airdrie Chamber of Commerce, April 28 and 29 at Genesis Place.
No final numbers have been tallied, and won’t be available for some time, but organizer Marie Lauer said she was happy with the weekend.
“I was very pleased with the show. Saturday was a little slower, but on Sunday it picked up,” said Lauer. “We got very positive feedback, a lady said it was nice to not be shoulder to shoulder with people.”
Chamber of Commerce President Mike De Bokx said the warm, sunny weather might have kept people outdoors on Saturday.
“I think the driving factor was the sunshine,” said De Bokx. “The warm weather, people wanted to be outside. Sunday was a bit overcast. It made people want to be inside and walking around the show.”
This year, organizers decided to add 35 new exhibitors by removing one entertainment stage.
“We always have a waiting list, so to accommodate as many vendors as possible, we went down to one stage,” said Lauer. “We added 35 new exhibitors who have never been to the show before.”
Some of the vendors who attended the show were Blue Grass Nursery, Lia Sophia Jewelry, Innovative Bed Systems and A Fine Balance Catering.
Among the entertainers who appeared on stage were Shimmy Dance Productions, Sharp Hill and the Kiester Family Fiddlers.
This year, booth awards were not given out, but Chamber representatives presented longtime MC and supporter Dick Buchanan with a service appreciation award.
“People like Buchanan are exemplary citizens,” said Lauer.
“This was his last year, and this is our way of thanking him. He has supported us for years.”