Saturday shoppers get new destination

Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center to host vendors at Saturday markets all summer

Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Beginning next month, gardeners, crafters and artisans from the central Kenai Peninsula will help greet newly arrived visitors in Kenai.

Starting May 28, the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau will operate a Saturday market on the grounds of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center in downtown Kenai. The bureau is looking for vendors to fill space along the green strip near the center, according to Jan Stiers, coordinator of the project.

"We've sent out about 200 flyers already," Stiers said Friday.

Stiers said she's been busy contacting people in the arts, crafts and agricultural communities from around the peninsula, including Homer and Seward, as well as the Twin Cities area.

The purpose of the market will be to bring a number of these types of vendors together in the same place in order to create a market-type feel. Stiers said anyone is welcome to participate, though cautioned that the market isn't just a place for people to unload a bunch of old junk from home.

"It's not going to be a garage sale," she said.

Instead, she said she'd like to attract vendors who may not have many outlets to display their wares during the summer months.

"We want fruits, vegetables, crafts — all that kind of stuff," she said.

Having the market near the visitors center, she said, was a natural fit because of the steady flow of tourists who come to the center each year.

The planned hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday through the first week of September.

Anyone interested in participating in the market should call the center at 283-1991. Stiers said the cost to vendors will be based on how many Saturdays they pay for, with a full-summer space costing $150 for the entire 15 weeks of the market.

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