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Monday, April 18, 2016

o-CNN: Cowboy News Network - Okotoks Trade and Lifestyle Show 2016

Not Only About the Rock Anymore

If you thought Okotoks is only about the rock, you are sadly mistaken. This sleepy little Cowboy town south of Calgary has grown up from being the place where city folk escape to for a slow Sunday afternoon drive, to a shopping and enterprise hub in the Foothills of Alberta. 

Okotoks is for everyone that chooses to live in the country, but who cannot do without the city's comforts. I should only whisper the name "Okotoks" and my family jumps in the truck, dog in the back, and ready for a full day of shopping. It is now five years since we left Okotoks to live in the beautiful mountains of Canmore, and somehow Okotoks stays with us, and my credit card remains empty.

Okotoks doubled in size in ten years, but its people are still just amazing country folk, proud about their town, their sports teams (some of the best in Alberta) and motivated to sell the place's virtues to everyone willing to listen.

We are at the Okotoks Chamber's Trade and Lifestyle Show 2016. Cheryl Actemichuk, Andrew Gustafson and colleagues at the Chamber will leave no stone unturned to give their members and fellow Okotokians a hand up. This event was no exception. They've outdone themselves. We had to run to keep up with them.

If you need a jam packed dose of Okotoks hospitality, innovation and entrepreneurial flair, then you get it at this annual show in spades from local and visiting entrepreneurs. This year it added a whole new section at the curling rink for automotive and watercraft enthusiasts. Why? Because Okotoks boasts its own leading manufacturers in this lucrative sector. See Excalibur's truck accessories.

The festival of flavours was another innovative idea to showcase Okotoks' new restaurants and flavours. We had tasty Albert lamb from Bradley's Grill House. Seriously, Alberta has lamb, and they do it perfectly at Bradley's. Compliments don't come cheap from this fake Kiwi. The lamb was good!

Thank you for hosting us Cheryl and Andrew. We hope to back for the next event, and we are sure you have much more to show the world about the great businesses you have in Okotoks, Alberta.

Hendrik van Wyk
Wandering Cowboy

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