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Riverwalk Market Fair - Making Regional Waves
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Fri, 02/18/2011 - 7:51pm
Northfield’s Riverwalk Market Fair was recently highlighted in an article by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF).
The weekly event that promotes area artists, musicians and farmers during the months of June through October along downtown’s Riverwalk each Saturday was noted for its unique ties back to the town’s roots of early commerce days.
“A century ago, visitors standing on the shores of Northfield’s historic Cannon River would have witnessed the colorful sights of a thriving hub of commercial enterprise. Today, a summer Saturday along the Cannon is equally lively, but the business transacted here has a distinctly family-friendly feel, thanks to the new Riverwalk Market Fair.”
The article also spoke of Northfield’s interest in being known as an arts destination and a rich source for local and organic foods. Co-founders Gail Jones Hansen and Dean Kjerland describe the event best as “featuring high-quality local products that reflect regional talents and tastes.”
Riverwalk Market Fair was the recipient of grant money last year from SMIF for the Market Fair’s inaugural season in an effort to provide a venue for artists and farmers to grow their businesses and to attract visitors to experience Northfield and our vibrant arts and culture community.
SMIF President/CEO Tim Penny also mentioned Riverwalk Market Fair in an article titled, “SMIF Grants incent new ideas and solutions,” referencing Riverwalk Market Fair as a fine example of the program’s success with an estimated 12,000 visitors attending last season and approximately $120,000 in sales.
Planning is underway for the 2011 Riverwalk Market Fair season. Kjerland and Jones Hansen expect another full season ahead and are pleased with the growing interest and support to help localize the town’s economic vitality.
Interested in becoming a vendor? Sign-up information and applications are available online.