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Sterling Thiele, owner of Bruce County Custom Sheds braved Bruce County weather as he displayed one of his custom built sheds outside of the Rotary Home and Recreation Show, held at the Southampton Coliseum, April 7 and 8.

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The 37th annual Rotary Home and Recreation Show, hosted by the Port Elgin Rotary Club, is in the books with figures exceeding previous years’ attendance.

The event, now in its fifth year at the Southampton Coliseum, saw vendors from across Bruce and Grey counties show their stuff April 7 and 8 with 2,500 people enjoying the sights of the show on the first day alone, surpassing the total weekend’s attendance for 2017.

The Food and Drink Expo in the adjoining Southampton Annex, now in its third year, was once again a heavily populated addition to the Home and Recreation Show and saw 11 local food vendors creating fantastic food samplers and drink vendors including Outlaw Brew Co. and Side Launch.

Port Elgin Rotary Club President Rob Dunlop said the two days were fantastic and counted over 800 people enjoying the Show on the second day. “I've talked to a lot of the vendors... and all of the food vendors and everyone’s been very happy,” said Dunlop April 8. “A lot of them have been returnees...there have also been ones who had been out in the last couple years and wanted back in again,” he added, also citing new vendors such the Owen Sound Bowling Alley Axe Throwing and Bruce County Custom Sheds who held their exhibits outside of the Coliseum.


Cassidy of Tangled Tails Dog Grooming operating inside Unleash the Pawsitive manned the booth geared to everything canine with help from four-legged friend Nellie, April 8 at the Rotary Home and Recreation Show, held at the Southampton Coliseum.

Gran Fondo

Informing the public of the August 19 cycling event and Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation fundraiser, the Gran Fondo Lake Huron, were Shannon Valkenburg, Jonna Ebel and Bruce Durrer, April 8 at the Home Show.


Brooke Walker of Walker Homes showed off some home designs at the Home and Recreation Show, April 8.


Promoting Westlinks were realtors Kate Cammidge-Irwin (left) and Susan Terry, April 8 at the Home Show.


Jon Hepplewhite, owner of Rabbit Dash, was busy serving up some dark roast coffee using the pour-over method next to the Walker House and Wismer House booths at the Food and Drink Expo, held at the Southampton Annex Curling Club, April 7 and 8.


The Queen’s Bar & Grill dove deep into the sea for their Food and Drink Expo creations with Caroline and Kate serving up some tasty morsels, April 8.


Jazz, Bryen and Karen of Duffy’s Famous Fish & Chips in Southampton were happy to serve.


Matthew Joyce and Megan Dunn at the Saugeen Shore Hub booth with their Ultimate Saugeen Shores Shop & Dine prize pack at the Rotary Home and Recreation Show. The winner of the prize pack was drawn at the close of the show April 8 and went to Southampton’s Laura Crossett.


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