By Nikki Fredrikson
Special to the Pioneer
The Invermere Farmers and Artist market returns for the summer season Saturday, June 16th but expect to see a change this year. The market will forgo having vendors by the cenotaph and will have all vendors set along the traditional location of 6th Avenue from 10th to 13th Street.
“Every weekend (throughout the summer) I think we’re upwards of 80 vendors and we have 111 spots,” said market coordinator Ken Carlow. “It’s a mix, but we’ve seen a little bit of an increase in the true farmer (vendors), the ones that have small farms… so that’s good. It still is very much a mixed vendor market.”
Mr. Carlow told the Pioneer that this season a few of the part-time vendors have moved into full-time spots so expect to see a few familiar faces every weekend.
The Invermere Farmers and Artist Market is a collaborative effort between the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71, the District of Invermere and the downtown businesses with proceeds from the market going back to community projects each year.
In 2017, $20,871.13 went directly back into the community supporting 11 community initiatives including support to the BC Seniors Games, Windermere Elementary Carnival and Octoberfest. This year Mr. Carlow is hoping to see some of the funds go back to local veterans.
“One of the things that we really want is to increase the banner program. We need to put additional signpost up, brackets to hold the banners and we’re working with the District and using funding from the market revenue to pay for those additional brackets, so we can increase the veterans recognition program,” said Mr. Carlow.
The banner program is a recognition program to pay tribute to local veterans and active service people throughout the Valley.
With 80 full-time vendors set for the summer, anyone wishing to get involved in the Invermere Farmers and Artist Market can go online to http://invermerefarmersmarket.com to register for the event and learn more. Interested in learning more about the Legion’s work in the community, visit http://www.rclbc71.ca.