“TRADIES constitute a massive portion of the Shepparton workforce, yet we rarely see anything which caters to them as a group,” Shepparton Tradies Day committee member, Tony Pastucci said.
Now in its second year, the Shepparton Tradies Day expo aims to do just that.
The expo boasts nearly 40 site-holders and has quadrupled in size since last year.
“Shepparton Tradies Day is free to the community and is open to everyone. For instance, we have a ‘Boys Toys and Tools’ section, which would appeal to the home renovator; Shepparton 4 Wheel Drive Centre will be there, for anyone interested in cars, camping or bush bashing; and for those who prefer water action, Boats and More will be in attendance as well.
“Many site-holders are providing live displays.
“All of our sponsors are local, but Maxwell, Brown and Mountjoy is bringing in a presenter from Sydney to showcase the latest Tradies iPad, built by tradies for tradies, which is an exciting innovation.”
The committee is also proud to be trialling a reverse-type auction, whereby the tradies in the audience are able to bid two hours of their service towards upgrading one of Connect GV’s buildings.
“It’s a chance for this sector of the community to give back and the concept is supporting a very worthy cause,” Tony said.
From 5pm to 7:30pm, attendees have the option to pay for the Tradies Sports Show, featuring footballers, Danny Frawley and Brian Taylor. As well as the entertainment, food and drinks are provided and $4,500 in giveaways will be up for grabs.
Alternatively, there is a BBQ and the premises is licensed.
The Tradies Day Expo runs on Friday, February 19 from 2:30pm to 7:30pm at the multi-purpose pavilion, Shepparton Showgrounds. To pre-purchase tickets, call Tony Pastucci on 0412 579 630.