A tractor simulator is shown at a previous Youth Expo, hosted by the Women That Hunt. The expo returns for its fourth year on April 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m, at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex in Brookfield. Submitted photo

BROOKFIELD – What was once just a concept of a small outdoor show for children has matured into a grand event.

The Women That Hunt’s annual Youth Expo is returning for its fourth year with an expected 4,000 visitors. The expo runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex in Brookfield. 

The theme this year is entrepreneurship as the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce joins the floor plan. The chamber has invited young entrepreneurs under the age of 25 to submit business ideas, to then have them showcased in their booth at the event. 

The line-up changes each year as the Women That Hunt try to bring in new exhibitors to inspire new activities, ideas, hobbies, and interests that will lead to a positive impact on health and wellness. Some hobbies can eventually develop into prosperous job opportunities. 

One entrepreneur featured this year is local scroll saw artist Pamela Sutherland. What started for Sutherland as “around the house” DIY projects has turned into a home-grown business that services local to international customers.

The Youth Expo will feature some other new exhibitors like Ben Tucker, a 13-year-old guitarist who can riff classic rock tunes on his electric, sometimes holding the guitar behind his head. What better way to inspire kids than to see other kids doing it. 

The Youth Expo organizers are excited to host special guest Blaine Calkins, MP for Red Deer – Lacombe, Deputy Shadow Cabinet Minister for Parks Canada and Wildlife Conservation, and chairman of the Conservative Hunting and Angling Caucus. Calkins will be escorted throughout the event and participate in many of the activities. 

The North Nova Lumberjacks will be featured on centre stage this year. The Youth Expo is supporting their fundraising efforts as they prepare their Canadian axe throwing team to compete at World Championships in Sweden. 

The Youth Expo is not a money making event.  It is built to support community, and improve the health and wellness of families. The event is free for youth to attend and is run by volunteers and students. It is a pay it forward event, supporting other organizations and programs. 

The exhibitors list and a complete list of sponsors can be found at www.theyouthexpo.com