Operator loves organizing trade shows
© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Heather Gunning talks to Mark Langille while he sets up a mini-deck display in preparation for the Cumberland County Home & Leisure Show, which opens Friday at noon and runs until Sunday at 5 p.m. Gunning is the trade show owner/operator, while Langille's company, Handy MD, is one of 68 vendors that will be at the show.
AMHERST - It's all about having fun.
That's what the operator Heather Gunning says about the Cumberland County Home & Leisure Show, which opens Friday at noon at Amherst Stadium and runs until Sunday at 5 p.m.
"When you go to a home show in Moncton they have all your home builders," says Gunning. "That's good if you want to build a home but here we have a multi-facet show that's for everybody. It's a fun show.
"We have homebuilders to renovations, gardening and landscaping, and we have health and wellness and fashion," she added. "You can come here and see all the businesses and how diversified they are. They don't do one thing, they do many things."
This is the second year Gunning has run the trade show in Amherst.
"I did my first show here last year and it was a real success but this year's show has even more vendors. It's going to be awesome," she said. "We have 68 vendors. We're totally sold out, there's not even any space left in the lobby."
Vendors come from Cumberland County, Moncton, Halifax, and from as far away as Yarmouth.
"If you're looking for a deal this is the place to be," said Gunning. "These guys have spent a lot of money to be here, so they're willing to barter."
Gunning has a degree in Equine technology and raises competitive show horses, but trade shows run in her blood.
She grew up in Elma, N.B., which is near Fundy National Park but later moved to B.C. before moving to Nova Scotia.
"I lived in B.C. working for the log home industry doing trade shows throughout North America," she said. "We would rent a facility for a week and build log homes and have log home shows.
"I later got into trade shows and then I actually had a booth in a show," she added. "For marketing your product there's nothing like it. People can come and look and feel the product."
Gunning said she loves trade shows and loves the people.
"It can be a challenge but in the long run it all works out," she said. "There's no point in getting all upset because it all comes together, and when the doors open everybody is happy."
People going to the show can enter to win a trip for two to Bangor, Maine, and there is also a draw for a Mini Cottage.
"You can use it as a cottage, you can use it as a shed, or you could use it as a guesthouse. That's what I would use it for," said Gunning.
She said she is thankful to all the vendors taking part in the show.
"Without them this wouldn't take place."