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Christmas Market returns to old crafting grounds

Posted on November 16, 2023 by Ryan Dahlman

By Anna Smith
Commentator/Courier

The Bow Island Chamber of Commerce and Market in the park are pleased to welcome the Christmas Market back to where it all began.

This year will be the fourth since Market in the Park took over the annual Christmas Craft Show from the Legion, and the event is back at its roots in the Legion building once more.

“We’re really pleased that it’s going to be back at the Legion because the local art club is having their art show at the Golden Age club the same day. Historically, they have always been at the same time,” said Kathy Nixdorf, organizer. 

This year, the market will feature approximately 20 vendors; Nixdorf adds that while this is low compared to previous years, they’re still deeply excited to see what everyone has to offer, and that it will still be easy to find unique crafts and gifts for loved ones.

They are also very excited to announce that they have Brenda Leggett hosting a concession for the event.

“As anybody who has eaten Brenda’s food can tell you, she’s an amazing cook,” said Nixdorf. “And she will have Christmas baking, desserts, and other stuff there as well. So we’re really pleased. She was there last year when we had it at the Burdett Hall. And she sold out.”

The market will be running from 1pm to 7pm on Friday, November 17, at the Bow Island Legion. 

“It’s free admission. But we are asking people to bring a donation to the local food bank,” said Nixdorf. 

The event will also feature door prizes, with everyone getting one entry, with more available for purchase if they so desire. The money will also go to the local food bank, as they often benefit from monetary donations just as much as food items.

“Under the Chamber of Commerce, we are also having a separate draw for the chamber for chamber bucks,” said Nixdorf, adding that more details on Chamber Bucks will be available on the day of the Market.

“I’m just looking forward to it, it’s so much fun. We have some great vendors coming with some really unique products,” said Nixdorf, “and I think it’s going to be a great way for people to either get started, finish, or contribute to their Christmas shopping. And by doing this you’re supporting local entrepreneurs.”

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