Courtesy of William Rice
After a COVID-induced hiatus for the past two years, the K-Town Collectibles Expo is back better than ever.
“We wanted to come back bigger and better and have a bigger place, a bigger venue, more people, more vendors, more variety,” said event co-organizer William Rice.
The Collectibles Fair takes place this Saturday and Sunday, having moved from its previous location at the Knights of Columbus to accommodate more vendors and attendees in a spaced-out environment at the Kahnawake Sports Complex.
“There was a bigger demand, and it also gives us a bit more space to space things out,” said Eric Ravenelle, also a co-organizer.
He noted that they had managed to go from 60 vendor tables to 150.
“Now we’re going to have 10ft walkways for people to walk in. There’s a lot of space,” he said with a laugh.
And they plan to host Kahnawa’kehró:non and others in large numbers. Their last show in 2019 drew over 1,000 paying attendees. This does not count participants 12 and under, as they do not have to pay the $5 registration fee.
“We have all been locked up for the past two years. It’s nice to have something to do, to go out, to check it all out,” Rice said.
Attendees can browse various collectibles: toys, comics, video games, artwork, antiques, beads, and more. The goal was to have a variety of items to suit a variety of collectors.
“It’s a wide range of things because everyone collects different things, so we try to appeal to as many people as possible,” Ravenelle said.
“You go to other shows, and it’s the same, you know, every table, it’s 80% comics, you know, 2% toys, and I like to have a good balance,” said said Rice.
“I told my salespeople to bring everything,” Rice continued. “Bring trinkets, bring trinkets, bring everything, bring a variety of things.”
A little less than half of the sellers come from Kahnawake. Among them are Ally & Megan Native Creations, 392 Pepper Company, REEL UM IN Bait Shop, The Whyte Crow, and more.
Food will also be served at the Sports Complex canteen and other options are also being booked. Unfortunately, Rezican Tacos had to pull out after initially being included in the lineup.
Shopping through various collectibles isn’t the only activity planned for the weekend. Funbounce Inflatables will be on site both days for the kids to enjoy, and there will also be an online play setup.
On Saturday, the Imperial Fortress Garrison of the 501st Legion will be present. This is the local chapter of a global Star Wars costume club that attends events and raises money for charity.
“They’re going to have a big set to take pictures with the different characters. And you’re going to have props and everything not to check out,” Ravenelle explained.
Then on Sunday, the International Wrestling Syndicate (IWS) will host a match starting at 1 p.m., with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Kahnawa’kehró:no Kyle Zachary will make his IWS debut.
“I’m excited for this!” says Zacharias.
He noted that this was the first time he had struggled as a single within the community in a while, given that the last shows were part of the Dad Bod Squad tag team.
“It means a little more work, but I think I’m up to the challenge!”
He stressed that he would be happy to hear his audience cheer him on and that he hopes to make an impact at his first IWS show. J
Doors open both days at 10 a.m. The event ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Rice and Ravanelle are thrilled to finally be able to host an Expo event since their last in 2019. They were planning to hold one twice a year before the pandemic destroyed their plans. The wait will surely be worth it.
“Just to see people; I love seeing the smile on everyone’s face,” Rice said. “Bringing back childhood memories, watching all that older stuff.”