The "Mane" event offering new & used horse products
Centre Wellington Equine Trade Show, Tack Swap and Seminars
In January of 2009 we felt the need for an opportunity for horse enthusiasts in Wellington, Waterloo and Dufferin counties to sell, swap or buy used tack. The hall was booked at the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex in Fergus, the website was developed and advertising began looking for vendors. There was room for 35 eight foot tables. Registrations were slow with the date approaching and we began to worry about disappointing both vendors and spectators. We then approached many horse related businesses to sell or promote their business. Well, that was the turn the show needed to succeed.
Planning for the 2010 show started and it was soon realized that the hall used the first year was not going to be large enough to handle the bookings. The 16,000 sq ft arena was booked making way for the addition of 40 - 10 foot x10 foot booths as well as 20 more 8 foot tables. The hall was also used to offer 10 seminars for vendors wanting to promote their product and for potential customers to ask questions. The new expansion was about 75% booked and the seminars were hit and miss on attendance. Attendance for the 2010 show surpassed the 500 people mark.
Before the date and registration was released for the 2011 show, we had already started to receive emails and phone calls inquiring.
All 96 vending spots were completely booked by the event. The advertising budget was increased as well as the Grand River Raceway sponsored radio advertising on local radio stations. The attendance was just shy of 1000 people. The seminars were well attended and many ran over the 25 minute time limit with lots of questions.
The Centre Wellington Equine Trade Show & Used Tack Sale provides an opportunity to sell, trade, and buy, new and used equine accessories. The event is intended for all horse disciplines.
Booths and tables are available for used tack, new horse items or businesses promoting the product or business starting at $30. Admission to the show is $2 and children 12 & under are free. Partial proceeds from the show go to the Fergus & District Kinsmen Club.