All things spring at upcoming expo

The first annual Spring into Summer Expo will be running this weekend and organizers hope it to be a little bit different from other trade shows.

Not only will it be a trade show with everything from high-end men’s clothing to outfits for dogs, it will include a silent auction to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House.

“One silent auction item that would appeal to anybody is a $1,200 gift certificate for personal training,” said Event Coordinator Laura Erickson.

Other items include Tupperware baskets, mixed baskets and even children’s items including a handmade quilt. There are 25 silent auction items in total.

“We wanted this to be an event not just for moms with babies or just for dads or crafters, but for families and for everyone to come,” said Event Coordinator Melissa Flinn.

Admittance into the show is free, parking is free, and there will be an ATM on site for those not anticipating buying anything.

“We are taking donations for the Ronald McDonald House and all of the proceeds from the silent auction are going there as well,” said Flinn. “The Ronald McDonald House has the ‘Magic Room’ for children that stay there with their family. It’s reminded me of Disneyland, it’s just beautiful.”

The Magic Room was the inspiration behind raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House and Flinn and Erickson wanted to take it one step further.

“Off of the Magic Room there is a door into the Enchanted Room which is just full of brand new toys for the kids there. They get to take the toys home,” said Flinn.

The Enchanted Room is stocked with toys that are on each child’s current favourite list so the Ronald McDonald House is always looking for more.

“What we’re doing to help is asking anybody that wants to bring down an unopened toy to donate so we can help fill that Enchanted Room for all the children that need it,” said Flinn.

The Spring into Summer Expo is looking to bring something different every year and Flinn and Erickson are also planning a winter show that will feature yet another charity.

“We want to pick a different charity each time and send the proceeds there. We want to keep the donations local and help the community find what they need,” said Flinn.

The women said there are 50 vendors that will be at the show with a great range of products.

“From financial planning to mortgages to clothes to sparkle tattoos for the kids — there’s something for everyone,” said Erickson.

Some of the vendors include Pearson’s Berry Farm, Angel Faces Makeup Artistry, Primerica, Sound Connections and many more including natural honey and fresh baked cupcakes.

The event runs March 31st from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Festival Hall.