Chamber bullish on 2018 Top O’ Maine Trade Show
MADAWASKA, Maine — St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brian Bouley was upbeat last week about the annual Top O’ Maine Trade Show, which will take place April 28 and 29 at the Madawaska Multi-Purpose Building.
Bouley said he has already sold more than three-quarters of the 117 vendor booths, which is about 20 percent more than normal for this far ahead of the event.
“I anticipate selling out soon,” Bouley said Thursday.
Earlier this winter he had sent out invitations to last year’s participants, offering them an opportunity to secure a spot before he solicited new vendors. Some spots remained free, which opened up space for new vendors.
Among the first-time vendors at this year’s show will be the Madawaska-based Samurai Judo Club and Orchids Restaurant.
This year’s show will also feature businesses occupying multiple booths to show off their wares.
Softubs of Maine, out of Monmouth, will display its line of inflatable and portable hot tubs. American Sleep Therapy of Braintree, Mass., will have eight booths at this year’s show, to demo its line of beds and mattresses.
Bouley is still reaching out to business and community organizations to fill the rest of the booths. Those interested in securing a place may contact the chamber at 728-7000.
The Top O’ Maine Trade Show, now in its 29th year, also features a food court where local vendors and community groups offer sweet and savory treats throughout the weekend.
The chamber will feature various door prizes and other contests at the show as well, including a $500 cash door prize, sponsored by NorState Federal Credit Union.
“We still have time to be creative and come up with other fun ideas,” Bouley said.
The chamber director also said that local financial sponsorship of the annual show is strong this year.
“Right now I have twice as much as last year,” said Bouley. “The community has really stepped up.”
Admission will be $3 for adults, $2 for those 7-12 years of age and no charge for those younger than 7.
Last year, more than 1,700 people visited the 73 exhibitors at the show. The chamber promotes the Top O’ Maine Trade Show as one of the largest and most well attended events of its kind north of Bangor.
The Greater Madawaska primarily serves the communities of Madawaska, Grand Isle, Frenchville, St. Agatha and Sinclair, although it also has members from other local towns.
The chamber maintains an office, visitors information center and souvenir shop on Main Street in downtown Madawaska. For more information visit https://www.stjohnvalleychamber.org/home.html.