Outdoor show helps people get ready for spring, summer
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
More than 300 people visited the Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club on May 11 and 12 for the 5th Annual Outdoor show.
The event was co-hosted by the Sioux Lookout Anglers and Hunters (SLAH) and the Sioux Lookout Chamber of Commerce.
Eighteen vendors, both local and from out of town, attended the event to showcase their wares to area residents.
Sioux Lookout Chamber of Commerce executive assistant Kelsey Raynard said as people get ready for spring and summer, the outdoor show provides them with a great opportunity to view products and services of area businesses.
“It’s gone really well,” she said. “We’ve seen a lot of people coming through and supporting the local vendors.”
Sioux Lookout Anglers and Hunters recording secretary Dorothy Broderick said the organization is always happy to promote the outdoors and get people out exploring and enjoying the area.
SLAH set up a target and gave people a chance to give archery a try.
“We’re trying to encourage people to join SLAH so we can participate in some of the conservation efforts of OFAH (Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters) and so that they can come out and use our archery range out on the highway, maybe join in some of our fantastic events. We have the camo social. We have the women’s outdoor weekend, which we’re currently planning and getting prepared for. We also participate in the Junior Walleye Weekend sponsored by Morgan Fuels. We also participate in the Walleye Weekend, which is our baby along with the Chamber. So our goal is to make Sioux Lookout a great place to live and to encourage people to get outside and enjoy what we have around us.”
Al’s Sports Excellence owner and manager Cory Lago commented, “Spring’s finally here and people are talking about getting out of the house. Fishing season’s next week. It’s perfect timing for us as business people to be out here at this community event to support the event itself and also to get our name out there as well and let everyone know this is what we have available. It’s been good. Very good.”
Sioux Lookout Horticultural Society member Sharon Yule said, “It’s a wonderful chance for us to let people know what goes on with the horticultural society. We’ve got bird houses that have been donated and made by one of our member’s father actually. The bulbs, it’s wonderful to plant a bulb and see the growth.”
Raynard reminded residents to mark their calendars for the Chamber’s first farmers market of the year, which will take place May 25.
“Those run all summer long. We have all of that information posted on the Chamber website, www.siouxlookout.com.
“We also have the Blueberry Festival coming up later this summer, in which we have our larger trade show which happens at the arena.”