February 27, 2007 16:16 ET

Cottagefest, March 2-4/07, Markham Fairgrounds, Markham

Come Discover The 12th Annual Cottagefest Show At The Markham Fairground Buildings - Cottages, Innovations, Bargains and Fun!

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, Home/Garden Editor, News Editor MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 27, 2007) - A cornucopia of cottage products and services await you at the 12th annual Cottagefest Show, March 2 to 4 - all indoors at the Markham Fairgrounds. "The Cottagefest Show has matured into Canada's second largest cottage show and has a reputation for delivering real value for all your cottage needs. You don't have to own a cottage to enjoy Cottagefest - it truly has something for everyone" stated show organizer Dave Jenkins of Jenkins Show Productions.

Cottagefest is a celebration of everything that is great about cottaging in Canada - bringing together family, friends, traditions and relaxing. It is part show and part festival. You will enjoy live music, great food, northern animals and bargains galore on just about everything for the cottage! Cottagefest is completely indoors. New, heated links have been built between the four giant buildings that encompass the event. Parking is free and is now closer to the show than your average stroll from the cottage to the lake. One of the very unique elements of Cottagefest is its one meandering, serpentine aisle. Just follow the red carpet that has been laid out for you and you are assured of seeing all the displays in the show - no missed aisles. Enjoy a relaxed, laid back cottage atmosphere with no one rushing you along. Sample some delicious home brewed coffee along the way.

On top of the hundreds of money-saving bargains, the Cottagefest Show offers visitors a range of activities, designed for all ages. The Muskoka Wildlife Centre display allows kids and adults alike to experience all kinds of cottage critters. Visitors are also invited to observe chainsaw log carving and impressive ice sculpting by award winning Peter Mogennson. Back by popular demand is the Antique Outboard Motors display showcasing your favourite oldie goldie motors from your childhood. If you haven't applied for your boat license, you can do the test and receive your license at Cottagefest.

Most cottage owners have or need a dock and this year's Cottagefest is a true "dock paradise" for one-stop comparing and buying! Purchase floating or fixed docks, modular docks, dock bumpers and carts, dock ladders and hardware, do-it-yourself dock kits, aluminum and plastic docks, mooring whips, boat lifts and canopies, rolling docks, cleats, dock anchoring options, PWC dry docks, cantilever, vertical and hydraulic boat lifts plus much more.

A common challenge in cottage country - and in the city - is keeping Mother Nature's raccoons, skunks, bears and even our own pets out of our trash. We all want to keep our environment clean and ensure wildlife does not become habituated to our waste. Solidly built, metal fabricated and rust resistant garbage bins will help keep wildlife in the wild and protected from being labelled as nuisance animals by government authorities. Two excellent "garbage" options can be found at Cottagefest with Bear Necessities Waste Inc. or TyeDee Bins. Delivery arranged.

The backbone of Cottagefest of course is the outstanding representation of many of Canada's premier cottage builders including: Colonial Concepts Log Homes, Confederation Log Homes, Connaught Homes, Discovery Dream Homes, Ecolog Homes, EHL Custom Builders, Four Seasons Log Homes, French's Fine Homes, Orillia Home Building Centre, Quality Engineered Homes, Royal Homes, Trevor Small Building Materials/Home Hardware, Viceroy/Tech Homes and many more. Come and compare the workmanship, designs, pricing and talk face-to-face with experienced builders conveniently located in one show - in one visit.

An exciting new service being launched at the Cottagefest Show is "We Check It Out". The founders of "We Check It Out" are cottagers who know two fundamental things: owning a cottage has its privileges and, trying to solve problems from a distance can be challenging. Now with a "We Check It Out" membership you can have someone do check-ups, or planned inspections or even emergency visits. You can get next day reports with digital photos to let you know what's going on.

Also at Cottagefest you'll be able to find out cottage resale pricing and see hundreds of cottages and plots for sale from the many displays from cottage country realtors. It's even a good spot to get your cottage listed for sale! One of the hottest trends in cottaging these days is the fractional ownership or shared ownership cottage. We all have busy lifestyles and sharing the responsibility and expenses of a cottage with others is a hassle free way to enjoy our great Canadian north with more time for fun! Several of northern Ontario's finest "shared" cottage construction projects are represented at Cottagefest.

You'll have a blast on the water this summer with a new boat! Boat dealers at Cottagefest are fresh from the Toronto Boat Show and have a terrific inventory at great "show prices" on boats by Bennington, Doral, Lund, Larson, Low, Malibu, Princecraft, Yamaha and more.

Other great things you'll discover by visiting the Cottagefest Show include: air diffusion systems, animal resistant garbage bins, antique country furniture, antique outboard motors, area rugs, barbeque/grill fire pit, basement repairs, boats - all kinds, boat lifts (cantilever, vertical, hydraulic), boat motors & trailers, boating license, building materials, canoes & kayaks, chainsaw log carving, comforter sets, composting toilets, cookware, cottage builders - all kinds, cottage kits, cottage checking service, cottage furniture, cottage raising & foundations, realtors, real estate magazines, docks (all kinds), dock anchoring options, dock canopies, dock floats, bumpers, ladders & accessories, do-it-yourself dock kits, fibre cement siding, financial investment advice, fine artwork, Fisheries & Oceans Canada information, food - pepperonis, kalbossa, cheese, breads, fresh roasted coffee beans, Girl Guide cookies, smoked meats, fractional ownership cottages, furniture refinishing & re-upholstery, GPS & CB marine radios, gutter covers, handcrafted jewelry, inclined elevation lifts/elevators, insulated building blocks, insurance, leather creams, life jackets, paddles, liquid siding, mooring whips, music (live strolling musicians), Muskoka Magazine, northern resorts, painting service, photographers, portable heaters, handcrafted pottery, PWC dry docks, radio stations, ratchet pruners, registered education saving plans, retractable screen enclosures, roofing options, septic system experts, sunrooms, Toronto Star newspaper, vacation getaways, vinyl siding, water conditioning, wastewater treatment systems, windows & doors, window film tinting, wood carvings plus much, much more!

Seniors will receive half price admission (only $4) to Cottagefest on Friday, March 2nd, as part of the special "Salute to Seniors in Cottage Country" day tribute. Regular admission is $8 and all children (12 and under) are free. Show hours: Friday, March 2, 1pm to 8pm; Saturday, March 3, 10am to 6pm and Sunday, March 4, 10am to 5pm. The Markham Fairgrounds is located on McCowan Road, just north of Major Mackenzie Road, east of Hwy. 404 and has ample free parking. Discount coupons are available on the Cottagefest website at

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