Expo expected to offer something for everyone

This year’s Kootenay Home and Lifestyle Expo is sure to attract people from all over — no matter what their way of life may be.

Past Kootenay Home and Lifestyle Expos have been successful in Castlegar and organizers are expecting another big event this year.

Past Kootenay Home and Lifestyle Expos have been successful in Castlegar and organizers are expecting another big event this year.

This year’s Kootenay Home and Lifestyle Expo is sure to attract people from all over — no matter what their way of life may be.

“Our committee came up with that name because lifestyle is individual to everybody out there,” Pam McLeod, executive director of the Castlegar Chamber of Commerce said.

Now in its third year under that moniker and at Selkirk College, McLeod said the expo ran very successfully for seven years as the Dreams to Reality show at the Community Complex before it outgrew its space there.

Now, Selkirk’s gym offers double the area and many more vendors.

“It’s a great venue for businesses to promote and showcase their products and services,” McLeod said.

Sixty-four vendors have signed up so far, including ICF Building Products from Winlaw.

“They’re going to be at the event and they’re offering a prize — it’s a trip for two to Vegas,” McLeod said. “You have to be over 21 and you have to be a resident of Canada in order to qualify.”

Berezan Hospitality Group — the company bringing the Castlegar gaming centre to life — will also be on site providing information.

There will be various companies from all over representing a variety of products and services, McLeod said, including ATVs, bikes, patio covers, bathroom showers, tub designs, wood floor plans, flowers and even a chocolate company.

Kootenay Savings is providing $500 in “expo dollars” that one lucky person will win to spend at the vendor of their choice.

Food available on site will be provided by the Castlegar Hospice Society and the Ripple Mountain Café at Selkirk College will also be open.

McLeod said there are still one or two spots left if any people are still considering becoming a vendor.

Other sponsors of the weekend are Heritage Credit Union, Zelstoff Celgar, Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust.

The expo runs March 4-6. The hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday night, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and students and kids 10 and under are free with an adult. Please use the main floor entrance down the ramp.

For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 250-365-6313.