By Rori Bennett – Junior Reporter
Mild weather and clear skies set the backdrop for the first Downtown Wallaceburg BIA Holiday Market on Thursday, November 26, 2020.
BIA officials said is was an amazing turnout.
“Downtown was packed with socially distant vendors, local businesses and holiday cheer,” the BIA posted on social media.
“In only a few short weeks of receiving Municipal and Health unit approval, we were able to plan a safe and much needed community event. Thank you for visiting with us. Thank you for shopping with us. Thank you for your patience as we navigated COVID gathering restrictions to make this event possible.”
BIA officials acknowledged that 2020 has been a difficult year difficult this year.
“We are so amazed at the local community spirit shown (Thursday) night,” BIA officials added.
“We understand that the requirements of social distancing made long lines, where normally our stores and stalls would be bustling with activity. Even so you came out, waited patiently and supported local. After such a successful night we are bursting with ideas and positivity thinking about what we could do without the restrictions.”
BIA officials said they will continue to look for new ways to help everyone in this difficult time.
“Please continue to patronize our local merchants, and creators as we move towards Christmas and the New Year,” BIA officials say.
“We learned a lot this year. Hopefully next year will not present the same challenges. For now, stay healthy and stay strong.”
The Market which was held in the Municipal parking lot, located at 708 James Street, between the newly opened SaveMax store and RBC Bank.
Over 30 vendors took part and downtown businesses stayed open late to participate in the market.
“I am not really sure how many people stopped by, but I was happy with the number I was able to engage with and who showed interest in my booth,” Charlotte Hogan, owner of A Dog’s Comfort, one of the vendors, told the Sydenham Current.
A focal point of the open air Holiday Market was a 15-foot Blue Spruce, which was donated by Miller Tree Farms.
There was also a pop up Christmas tree shop, a downtown window decorating contest and a visit from Santa at the Wallaceburg Library.
Here are some photos of the event from Rori Bennett: