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Women’s Expo a great success

Doctor Love/Hemp City were among the vendors at the Women’s Expo, held this weekend past at its new location in the  Royal Alexandra Hall in Cranbrook. - Barry Coulter photo
Doctor Love/Hemp City were among the vendors at the Women’s Expo, held this weekend past at its new location in the Royal Alexandra Hall in Cranbrook.
— image credit: Barry Coulter photo

Dragonboat season is set to begin, following the annual Women's Expo, held this weekend past as a fundraiser for Abreast in The Rockies Dragonboat team.

Abreast in the Rockies, like other dragonboat teams like it, is dedicated to raising funds and awareness about breast cancer and breast cancer research.

This year's Women's Expo was held for the first time in the sumptuous Royal Alexandra Hall. Organizer Sandy Zeznik says the beauty of the surroundings alone made it worth the price of admission.

The Expo added a few enhancements to this year's edition to take advantage of the environment, including the exclusive VIP lounge off to the side of the exposition proper. Zeznik said it was such a hit that organizers will be looking to expand it next year.

The presentations were well attended, the vendors and information booths all enjoyed good traffic, the prizes and give-aways were a hit. Zeznik said there were lots of local businesswomen in attendance.

Organizers, vendors and the public are already looking forward to next year. In the meantime, the Abreast in the Rockies team is going strong and gearing up for the 2017 season.

Zeznik said the team is still doing dryland training, sharpening techniques and teaching techniques to new members, and will be on the water in June. Abreast in the Rockies expects to attend two or three festivals this summer.

Coming up soon is the teams' participation in the inaugural "Daffodil Dash," set for Saturday, April 29, at McKinnon Park in Cranbrook. This event is like a mini-Relay for Life, as in the fundraiser the Canadian Cancer Society put on up to last year, and is being held to mark the merging of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation with the Canadian Cancer Society.

For more information, contact Sandy Zeznik at szeznik@shaw.ca.

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