Popular community market promises to be bigger and better this year

The Downtown Penticton Association says this year's Penticton Community Market is bigger, better and more interactive than ever.
Image Credit: Downtown Penticton Association

PENTICTON - The start of the popular Penticton Community Market is only a couple of weeks away and as many as 300 vendors can be expected this year.

The annual market’s first day of the season is Saturday, May 2. It is scheduled to run until Oct. 12, but may be extended to the end of the month this year.

Downtown Penticton Association Executive Director Kerri Milton says she expects 250 to 300 vendors will be participating in this year’s market.

“We’ve expanded, we’re bigger than ever, with lots of new vendors,” she says, adding the market will be offering several new products such as chicken and cheeses.

This year the market will occupy Front Street and the 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Main Street.

Interactive events are also in the works, including the SOS Fest, a display of emergency services vehicles, which will take place May 9. On June 6, the market will host its first ever fire truck pull as a fundraiser for muscular dystrophy as well.

Newly hired special events manager Shawna Tinga has a number of tasks, including organizing special events through the summer and coordinating market vendors. Also new this year is an interactive map posted to the Downtown Penticton Association website that allows users to identify the location of their favourite vendor each week.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 7:49 a.m., April 17, to correct the name of the market.

---This story was updated at 10:53 a.m., April 17 to correct a statement regarding liquor sales at the community market.

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