About 6,000 people are expected to come through the 2017 Peace Region Petroleum Show on Wednesday and Thursday at Evergreen Park.
The biennial show, organized by the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Grande Prairie Petroleum Association, will bring 300 exhibitors representing the oil and gas industry across North America. The exhibitors will fill 400 booths inside and outside the ENTREC Centre.
It’s a chance for the public to learn about the industry and see some of the impressive machinery and equipment, said Tom Pura, chamber spokesman.
“Basically Monday and Tuesday when it starts rolling in we just kind of stand there with our mouths open going, ‘Wow,’” he said, adding there’s always a wide variety of equipment and technology.
“That’s the exciting part; every two years we see the new technology that these companies and the industry are working on. It’s their chance to showcase some of that and show that there are always constant changes and improvements to the industry.”
The climate of the industry is different this time around, with many people going back to work and a sense of optimism returning, said Dan Pearcy, the show’s manager.
“The last show we had was in 2015 and we were just going into the downturn in the oil and gas sector, so now we’re dealing with two years later where we’re seeing the upswing with the sector coming back online. So it’s a positive time to be doing this and for them to promote and market themselves.”
The show is not only a chance for the public to learn about the industry; it’s also an important occasion for business to take place, Pura said.
“...It’s about communicating with customers of these businesses and establishing and re-establishing customer relations with them.’
Food will be available from the Evergreen Park concessions and from some of the booths.
The show is free to attend, but everyone is asked to get a badge from the visitor registration area. The show hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.