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Stratford Home & Leisure Show celebrated milestone 40 years

The annual event will be held on April 13th and 14th at the Rotary Complex

The 40th anniversary of the Stratford Home & Leisure Show marks a significant milestone in its history.

Renowned for its diverse offerings catering to all, this year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Scheduled for April 13th-14th, 2024 at the Rotary Complex, the show will now span two buildings, boasting a plethora of booths and exhibitors.

A partnership between the Perth-Huron Builders Association and the Rotary Club of Stratford makes it happen, and they are able to contribute the funds raised all over the community.

“The money from the home show goes back into the community. We sponsor events and programs around youth in trades, scholarships for youth, water treatment and so many more things. We want to give back,” said Melissa Schenk, Executive Officer of the Perth-Huron Builders Association.

They’re doing a “Fabulous At 40” show, and planning for it to be bigger and better than ever before.


“We had shows coming back after COVID, but they were smaller and in the Community Hall. Now with we have expanded back to two rooms that include the arena and it will be an incredible show,” she said.

“We delayed to get the ice out of the arena, and with the weather, this event will be bang-on. It’s a great time to see people and network, and take care of your windows, doors, gutters, backyard plans and everything else. We have literally everything from home to leisure, it’s a diverse mix.”

She also says the show is a great way for families to connect, and they put a special emphasis on having activities for kids to get involved in to learn about skilled trades.

“This home and leisure show is great for families. We have AMSDB and the HPCDSB school boards there to do hands-on activities. The Perth-Hruon Builders’ Association has important goals to increase the knowledge of trades for youth. We cover supply costs for kids to make something, do hands-on work, and understand the facets of trades like carpentry, plumbing and electric,” she said.

“This event is something unique and everyone can get really involved. Some families might not know what to expect, but it’s a great trip. Parents can make contacts and kids can have a great time. There’s home stuff, leisure, therapeutics, food and things you use and need in your home every day. People can get educated, do their research or leave with tangible items.”


Schenk is even more excited for this 40th anniversary event than normal, and so are her exhibitors. She says it’s a special milestone for them.

“They’ve gone out of their way to express how pumped they are about this one. The energy is amazing, and the weekend will fly by. This is a great place to link up with family, friends, and connect. People want to get out and have fun, and we are an accessible event,” she said.

“The fact that we have this reputation after 40 years shows the longevity of the show. Our exhibitors are outstanding and people really love coming to the show. In expanding, we hope to get back to the event people remember.”

She says there will be something for everyone, and the show will truly be an affair people can’t miss.

“Everyone will be in a good mood, and the hands-on activities are so fun. It’s so cool to see kids’ eyes light up and see their minds expand. We can show the what-ifs and possibilities for young minds,” she said.

“I’ve never been to a show as interactive as ours and we make it different, accessible and provide truly a unique experience.”

To get more information about the show and see the complete list of Exhibitors, visit them online here.