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Thursday October 24th, 2013

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The North American Sport & Hobby Expo, an interactive weekend festival showcasing an incredible selection of recreational, leisure, and competitive activities for the entire family is coming to the WFCU Centre next spring.

To be held from May 30th to June 1st, the event will encompass over 100,000 square feet of the WFCU Centre, including all four ice-rinks, concourse, and outdoor space.

Exhibitors will include local and national brands, retailers, leagues, clubs and organizations. Visitors will enjoy exclusive promotions, shopping, appearances by celebrity athletes and renowned hobbyists, hands on demonstrations, as well as interactive skill testing games. Several tournaments and competitions are also being planned for the festival weekend.

In addition, the Expo will bring The Hockey Hall of Fame to Windsor.  The Fanfest will celebrate hockey history and feature 20 displays including the newest addition, “The Legends of Hockey” exhibit, 200 pieces of memorabilia and 10 unique hockey challenges.

All types of traditional and new trending sports will be found at the Expo. Along with the hottest sports trends, hobbies are also a large focus of the Expo and will include comic books, collectables, R/C and models, video games, art, crafts, music, and woodworking.

Windsor’s Mayor Eddie Francis says, “I am thrilled to have Windsor’s WFCU Centre chosen to host the first North American Sport & Hobby Expo. The expo is designed to make use of the entire facility and will truly showcase the flexibility and multipurpose capabilities of the complex. We welcome The North American Sport & Hobby Expo to our city.”

The event production company, Stature Marketing, has partnered with Big Brother Big Sisters of Windsor-Essex to raise funds and awareness for their mentoring programs. “Whether it’s a parent, teacher, coach or Big Brother or Sister, we can all point to the impact a mentor has had on our life. They are often the first people we look to for advice and support. When we pass that gift of mentoring on to a child we not only change them, we change ourselves” says John Sutton, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex.

Local minor sports associations will also have the opportunity to fundraise and purchase discounted tickets to the Expo. The total fundraising goal is currently $50,000 to benefit mentoring, coaching, and minor sports.

Organizers are already building hype with social media. Enthusiasts can follow “SportHobbyExpo” on Facebook for insider news and special offers.

For more information on the 2014 North American Sport & Hobby Expo, you can visit their website here.

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