Annual attraction an average year


By Sheila Runions

      Banner Staff

Rivers and District Chamber of Commerce held its annual fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 20. Although 45 exhibitors paid for booth space, only 44 showed up. Forty-four is the same number as last year and five years ago when the event was switched from a strict craft sale to a home-based businesses as well. Though exhibitor numbers remained average, attendance was down at least 50 people and the chamber’s profit has also dropped.

Riverdale District Health Auxiliary once again co-ordinated the ethnic food court with a nine-item menu, drinks and desserts. Their members, and many, many non-member community supporters, made perogies, cabbage rolls, quiche, curry, chili, stew, etc. The auxiliary also sold produce (donated by Deerboine Colony), baking and raffle tickets; several people spent money at these stations before even entering the rink surface to view exhibitor tables. Winning the cash raffle of $50, $40 and $25 were Jena Bray (Rivers), Cameron Russell (Winnipeg) and Layton Veitch (Rivers).

The chamber’s next event is Oct. 4 when it will work with Rivers Legion to host an Oktoberfest event. The chamber is fundraising to replace the faded signs at Jct. 10 and 25, Jct. 1 and 250 and Jct. 250 and 24. Cost of this project is approximately $10,000; approximately 10 per cent of this amount was raised at the sale.