2012 Southern Aroostook Trade Show

12 years ago

    HOULTON — The Millar Civic Center in Houlton will again be the site of one of Houlton’s rites of spring — the Southern Aroostook Trade Show. The two-day event features goods and services available to area residents in a multitude of sectors — retail, banking, hardware, lawn and garden, agriculture as well as non-profit organizations and service clubs.

    The Trade Show opens for business on Saturday, April 14 at 9 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. On Sunday, April 15, the hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to a multitude of vendors and exhibitors, this year’s exposition will feature opportunities to learn about variety of topics and trades — all under one roof.


    The trade show is sponsored by the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce. There will also be refreshments available for purchase during the show.


    A sure sign of spring is the annual Southern Aroostook Trade Show that will take place this weekend at the Millar Civic Center in Houlton.
HODGDON PROJECT GRAD — Christina Russell and her daughter Cierra Willette, right, worked a shift for Hodgdon Project Graduation during last year’s Southern Aroostook Trade Show.

    With many new exhibitors and a full schedule of events throughout the weekend, the 2012 Trade Show promises to have something for everyone. The doors open Saturday at 9 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.
    The Southern Aroostook Trade Show is a wealth of information on a variety of topics from local banking, dish network plans, programs for special needs children, alternative heat sources, real estate, modular homes and even someone who will paint a very beautiful portrait of your pet! For outdoors, booths will have information on garden equipment, farming equipment, along with home improvement ideas.  On the recreational side, there will be several campers, 4-wheelers and motorcycles on display.  Other booths include home-made piñatas, custom embroidery, printing resources, as well as the folks from Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum who bring items that will take you back to a different time.
    “The value of exhibiting in and attending a trade show are of enormous benefit to everyone,” said Jane Torres, Houlton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “Providing a space for Aroostook County businesses to showcase their product, then to have over 2,000 customers come through a place of business in a two-day span of time is the key to future success. It’s a face-to-face interaction that often doesn’t happen in a store setting, offering a chance to see the product and ask questions of the professionals who sell the product.”
    “The Chamber also provides space to the local Project Graduation groups which enable them to sell many raffle tickets in a short amount of time.  The atmosphere of the Trade Show is always fun and exciting and these young people certainly add to the weekends merriments” said Torres.
    Stroll through the show, enjoy some music, visit a favorite exhibitor, and dream about a summer vacation in a new camper or an easier way to mow your lawn or heat your home.
THANK YOU — Miles Berthiaume, right, enjoys a drink that Berny Reece, Millar Civic Center director, gave him to quench his thirst.


CLOSER LOOK — A gentleman takes a closer look at materials on display at the Southern Aroostook Trade Show.


SEE — An exhibitor shows consumers how his product works during last year’s Southern Aroostook Trade Show.


EXHIBITORS — The Tidd family was one of the exhibitors at last year’s Southern Aroostook Trade Show.


VISITING — Janet and Hillis Varney visit with David Bates at the Houlton Pioneer Times booth during last year’s Southern Aroostook Trade Show.