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Estacada businesses will gather for Trade Fair

A variety of businesses in town will soon gather outside of Estacada City Hall to show residents everything they have to offer.

Approximately 24 businesses have signed up to participate in the Chamber of Commerce’s first “Shop Local” Trade Fair, which will take place from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, on the lawn in front of City Hall, 475 S.E. Main St.

With the event, the Chamber hopes to encourage Estacada residents to get to know businesses around town and shop locally.

“There have been studies that show that many people who live in or near Estacada do their shopping and business elsewhere,” said Bennett Johnson, president of the chamber and co-owner of Fearless Brewing. “Shopping locally keeps your dollars in your community. A win-win for everyone.”

Additionally, in its 2015 business plan, the chamber sought to increase marketing opportunities for its members.

“Marketing our members is one of the most important functions of the chamber,” Johnson said.

Both Johnson and Nancy Horton, the chamber office coordinator, said the trade fair will be a valuable opportunity to learn what goods and services are available in town.

“It will be a good opportunity to come over and meet the local businesses, and learn what they do and how they might be able to help you,” Horton said.

The event will feature live music from the Mossy Rock Ramblers and free hot dogs provided by the chamber. Many vendors will have samples on display, and community members will be able to sign up for health care with Orchid Health.

Connie Redmond of the Estacada Fungus Association said the group wants to participate in the trade fair to spread awareness of its organization. She believes the event will be particularly valuable for the Fungus Association since the group just formed in February.

“It’s a good way to get the word out,” Redmond said.

During the festival, she hopes to share the organization’s goals of “educating people about fungus, going out into the woods and having fun looking for stuff.”

The group will also have information about this year’s Festival of the Fungus.

Orchid Health, another new business in town, will also be at the festival. Oliver Alexander, the clinic’s co-founder and co-director, believes the event will be valuable for businesses and customers alike.

“It’s important to get to know the local business landscape, so that we can better support one another,” he said. “I like being aware of what the other services in town are, so we can refer people to them.”

Horton said the event will be a good opportunity for city residents to come together and learn about what services are available locally.

“I think the best part will be the community interaction,” Horton said. “It’s surprising how many people who have lived here for years say they didn’t know that a certain business was here.”

Redmond agrees.

“We’re happy the chamber is doing this,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for the whole community to come together and see what everyone’s all about.”

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