There will be plenty to see and do this weekend ‘down east.’
The first Tracadie Trade and Games Show will take place Friday (Nov. 3) to Sunday (Nov. 5).
“We want to make this an annual event,” Ray Mattie said.
Proceeds will benefit continuing renovations to Monsignor Donnelly Hall, where the weekend events will take place.
Mattie is a member of a four-person committee – one he described as “pro-active” – in expanding on a rich legacy established in recent years.
That community-based effort has garnered more than $83,000, without government funding, for renovations.
“Just through in-hall functions – it has been amazing,” he added.
Mattie noted, approximately four years ago, word came that the hall – a community hub – would have to be torn down, if it did not get a new roof.
“They had to get to work, immediately, and they worked extremely hard,” he said.
Mattie added the successful effort not only funded the roof, but also new plumbing, one including heat pumps and a cooling system.
“They did it piecemeal – one thing at a time,” he said.
The focus now is a lighting system and insulation for the ceiling.
“The goal is to create a yearly event as something to generate – number one – revenue for the hall, so that we know, every year, we have one big thing that we can focus on to generate money,” Mattie said, in focussing on the idea for the upcoming trade and games show.
He also expanded on the “high community involvement” focus with the trade show.
“We want to market the hall to show people that you can do a professional function [there],” Mattie added.
That part of the weekend, which is set for Friday – from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature booths from a variety of organizations, offering free information geared towards seniors, people with disabilities, low-income earners and the general public.
Highland Hearing Clinic, Nova Scotia Power and Clean Nova Scotia are some of the 25 to 30 participants.
“The public can come in and have eye-to-eye contact with entities that provide health and government services,” Mattie said.
“You can put a face to it, instead of saying go online, and then try to find a needle in a haystack.”
He also noted challenges, for some, with rural internet access.
“When you are told to go online, you can’t always get online, and what if you don’t have a laptop – things like that,” Mattie said.
Get your tickets
Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be fun-filled with myriad games – everything from washer toss and Super Smash Brothers to hula hoop and skipping contests, along with a cake walk.
“A lot of the kids, and people in their 20s, are saying they are going to that,” Mattie said of the popular video game tournament.
He noted participants, who pay an entrance fee, will have an opportunity to win prizes.
From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Mattie and his band – Pogey – will take centre-stage for a fundraising dance.
The three-day celebration wraps up Sunday, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., with a concert featuring Jim Richard and Friends, followed by a roast pork dinner.
Throughout the weekend, Mattie said, there will be tickets for sale – $2.50 a piece and three for $5 – on several prize packages.
“You can go, station-to-station, and put your tickets in particular boxes for a chance to win,” he said.
Mattie talked about some of the packages, including one with a musical theme, which offers autographed books from April Wine band members and Great Big Sea CDs, along with offerings from local artists, such as Anna Ludlow.
“You can also win a night out in Halifax,” he said.
That package includes tickets to a Halifax Moosehead hockey game, fine dining gift certificate for Ryan Duffy’s, after-game refreshments at The Split Crow and a hotel stay.
The draws will be made on Sunday.
Mattie encouraged people to visit the Tracadie Games and Trade Show Facebook page for more information, including a sign-up poster for the Super Smash Brothers’ tournament.