Downhome Expo focuses on N.L. lifestyle

Published on May 24, 2014
Downhome president Grant Young is hoping this year's Downhome Expo at the Glacier Arena in Mount Pearl will build on the success of the 2013 edition.
— Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram

More than 100 exhibitors are showcasing there goods and services in Mount Pearl this weekend for what’s being billed as the largest consumer show in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Downhome Expo is now in its third year and once again filling both arenas at the Glacier with vendors covering a variety of areas. Downhome president Grant Young considers the event to be a lifestyles show with something for everyone.

Samples of farmed fish, cheese, fudge and chocolate may appeal to all age groups, while kitchen cabinets, lawn care and motorcycles are likely of more interest to mom and dad.

Young notes there is also an element of fun to the event. A kid zone includes several bouncy castles, while adults may get a kick out of a fishing simulator that applies realistic tension to a rod used to reel in the virtual fish. A 250-feet indoor zipline has also been set up for the event.

Last year’s event attracted 11,000 attendees. Young hopes to see 15,000 pass through the arena over the course of three days. The expo continues Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.