This year’s weekly High River Farmers’ Market will feature more space, vendors and entertainment than ever before.
Now in its third year being hosted by the Foothills Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings (SNAPS), host representatives said visitors can experience more of what they have come to expect, only bigger and better.
“To see the Farmers’ Market go from where it was the first year, which was going from what we had in the past, to have the vendors encouraging other vendors to come is very exciting,” Orvella Small, Foothills SNAPS executive director, said.
“It’s not just our word of mouth now, it’s the vendors who are saying, ‘You have to go to the High River Farmers’ Market, it’s awesome.’”
The market, which runs every Thursday throughout the summer months, takes place on Fourth Avenue SW between Macleod Trail and 1 Street. However, to make room for the growing number of vendors, Small said the event will spill onto First Street in front of the Museum of the Highwood.
She said this will be done to accommodate the hundreds of visitors along with some “new and exciting” vendors, allowing for an average of up to 75 sellers rather than last year’s maximum capacity of 60.
“For vendors to encourage other vendors to come is huge, and to have the response from the community is fantastic. There’s upwards of 1,000 people walking up and down the street each week,” she said, adding news of the market has spread far and wide to attract visitors and vendors from around the province and beyond.
Small said they will also have access to tents, tables and patio heaters (for those colder days) courtesy of a $40,000 Rotary Club of High River donation in August 2016.
Along with the expansion, Small said this year’s market will embody a new, more vibrant dynamic as organizers will be bringing in more entertainment, like the Foothills Folk Club, who first ventured into the market last year with a highly successful single-day showcase.
This year, she said they hope to fill the streets with some of southern Alberta’s finest musicians, buskers and entertainers.
She said businesses along Fourth Avenue, including some new establishments, are encouraged to participate in the weekly affair by setting up their own tables and feeding off all the excitement.
“It’ll be a win-win for everyone,” she added.
The market runs every Thursday from June 15 to September 29, rain or shine, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting and ending a half hour earlier than the year before.
For more information on the market, vendors or volunteer opportunities, call Foothills SNAPS at 403-603-3232.