Red Deer's Public Market wraps up 47th season

By Sheldon Spackman
October 7, 2017 - 3:22pm Updated: October 10, 2017 - 8:51am

The 47th season of Red Deer’s Public Market is now in the books.

A Saturday morning mainstay from the May long weekend to the Thanksgiving weekend every year, the final market for 2017 was held at the Memorial Centre parking lot on Saturday, October 7.

Despite some cool and windy conditions for the final day, Founder Dennis Moffat says he was very pleased with how things went.

“2017 was the best weather we ever had,” he proclaimed, citing only one bad weather day this year.

Moffat says about 15,000 people take in the market each weekend and purchase items from between 180-210 vendors, resulting in roughly $2.5 million dollars in economic spinoff annually. In fact, Moffat points out there are three original vendors from the first ever Red Deer Public Market that are still participating today.

After the past two seasons in its current location, Moffat says the Public Market will spend 2018 in the same spot before returning to its traditional site in front of the Pidherney Centre and new Servus Arena in 2019.

 

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