Beginning April 21, Harlan will see it’s first local artisan and farmers market held at the Harlan Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Hosted by the Harlan Tourist and Convention Commission and the Harlan Center, Executive Director Brandon Pennington said at a recent organization meeting he feels there is a need for this market in the community.
“We’ll be trying to have a market every third Sunday of the month up until October,” said Pennington. “If there is a festival, which conflicts with the market’s schedule, we will not hold the market that month. If we see that the market is successful we may consider having the market more than once a month and perhaps earlier in the month.”
Pennington said first and foremost all items must be handmade or homegrown.
“We ask that all items be handmade to preserve the authenticity of the market and to keep the market from becoming a flea market atmosphere,” said Pennington. “Absolutely no commercial made products will be allowed. Examples of items which will be welcomed are paintings, photography, chairs, soaps, candles, brooms, tables, sculpting, welding, metal work, glass work, rock painting, furniture, homemade candies, fruit and vegetables and more. As long as you used your hands to make it or grow it, we’ll gladly rent a booth to you.”
All booth spaces will cost $10. All vendors must submit an application for a booth space on the first of each month the market is being held.
Artists Attic President Elizabeth Lewis said this is a “nice way for local artists to showcase their talents.”
“I’m so looking forward to the beginning of this market,” said local artisan Rose Cohelia, of Harlan. “I’d like to be able to demonstrate quilting and pass that skill on to the next generation. I’d like to also be able to sell the local produce I have available in the summertime.”
Ages resident and artisan Debra Cornett said she is very excited for the opportunity to display and sell her handmade lye soaps and bath and body products. She said there had been others who tried the idea of a farmers market, but location was a problem.
“I think where this market will be centrally located at the Harlan Center it will draw more people in and be more convenient for those wishing to participate and attend,” said Cornett. “There is plenty of parking and I am hopeful lots of people will want to come by and check it out.”
Retired teacher and Loyall resident Sue Estep said she plans to participate in the market because it gives “her something to do with her time.” She said she is excited at the prospect of offering something new for the residents of Harlan County.
“I think it’s two-fold with opportunity for residents,” said Pennington. “It’s a chance for our community and skilled artisans to display and sell their handmade or homegrown items, as well as an opportunity for residents to purchase these items. I’m very excited about this project.”
For more information, rules and regulations or an application to participate, you may contact Pennington at 606-573-4156 or by email at email@example.com.
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