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Lucky visitors, Building Hope big winners at Home and Cottage Show

Despite wicked weather and decreased attendance, more than $5,600 raised for Building Hope

Mother Nature unleashed a flurry of ice pellets, freezing rain and snow this weekend, forcing many people to stay inside their cozy homes.

That was bad news for Glenn Wagner, the manager of this weekend’s 25th annual Simcoe Spring Home and Cottage Show.

“My guess is attendance was far less than 50% of what we would normally expect, so that certainly affected exhibitors,” Wagner said. “However, all considered, we did fine.”

He said most exhibitors “were successful” and “very understanding” of the weather.

And despite the dip in attendance, those who made the trek to the Barnfield Point Recreation Centre were a generous lot, donating more than $5,600 to the Building Hope campaign.

This year, in lieu of an admission fee, Wagner asked visitors to make a donation to the Building Hope initiative – an ambitious plan to build a new homeless shelter, assistive housing and affordable housing on Queen Street.

“We were quite happy with how generous people were and we also raised a lot of awareness about the project over the weekend, so that, too, is a positive,” Wagner noted.

It was also a positive weekend for several people, who won an array of door prizes at the popular weekend event.

Lawrence LaFrance was one of those winners; he won a Dell laptop, courtesy of Roofing for Less, while Debbie Russell won the grand prize: a 55" Ultra HD TV courtesy of Wagner Lawn Care.


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