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Riverwalk Market Fair to begin June 5th
Submitted by Maia Rodriguez on Sat, 04/10/2010 - 2:10pm
This summer, Northfield residents can look forward to an open air market every Saturday morning along the Cannon River, where strollers may purchase high-quality artwork or take home fresh and organic produce from local growers. Organizers of the new Riverwalk Market Fair hope that the Fair will bring to mind a European marketplace through its focus on high-quality and regional goods. Co-founders Dean Kjerland and Gail Jones Hansen (Carleton ’74) hope that the fair will “counterbalance the sterility of the contemporary shopping experience, to help reconnect with a sense of place” by engaging local and regional vendors and families in the geographic heart of historic Northfield.
Last November, the Riverwalk Market Fair was awarded an $8,000 incentive grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, and since then the project has also been supported by individual and small business donations in Northfield. Several interns from St. Olaf and Carleton, as well as Northfield residents Steve Engler and Vicky Tripp, are helping with the launch of the Market Fair’s first season. Co-founder Kjerland also created the separate nonprofit organization called the Riverwalk Arts Quarter, with the goal of fostering “economic vitality through regional marketing and events linking arts entrepreneurs and patrons.” Kjerland hopes in particular that by continuing to improve the vitality of the local arts and entertainment scene, Northfield can economically benefit by drawing in visitors from outside Northfield. The Market Fair, in collaboration with the Riverwalk Arts Quarter, will therefore include a strong visual arts component.
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