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NY Mills Trade Show draws hundreds

Connie Vandermay for the FOCUS Plenty of books were available at the book fair held during the NY Mills Trade Show on March 17.

Several hundred people attended the March 17 trade show in New York Mills, sponsored by the Civic and Commerce Association (C and C).

Connie Warner, director of the NY Mills food shelf, said 756 pounds of food and $56 was donated to the food shelf during the trade show. This year's donations were slightly down from last year, when 820 pounds and $10 were donated, she said.

Warner said the food shelf is thankful for all the donations, and hopes for continuing donations throughout the rest of March, which is Minnesota Food Share Month.

According to Julie Adams of the NY Mills library, the NY Mills Police Department and East Otter Tail Daycare Association fingerprinted 130 kids during the afternoon.

Todd Cameron, superintendent of NY Mills schools, estimated that 375 people attended a breakfast at the NY Mills high school prior to the show.

There were 60 vendors at this year's show, which Cameron said was a bit down from last year. Overall, vendors were happy with how the show went, he said.

The book fair held at the school at the same time as the trade show took in $2,000 in sales, Cameron said.

"The C and C would like to thank all of the volunteers and participants of the 2011 trade show," Adams said. "Thanks as well to the people who provided entertainment - Matthew Olson, Scott Perala and Master Lolita. We look forward to another great show in 2012."

Pearl Romann won $50 in Mills Marks during the show from the NY Mills Elders' Home, and Jerry Anderson, Kathy Saurer and Harold Wohlert each won $50 in Mill Marks from the Civic and Commerce booth.