Organizers peg market a success

Mayor pleased with event’s popularity under new coordinator

The Copper Cowgirl poses with a fan during the final night of the Sidney Street Market on Aug. 29. The market ran each Thursday evening for 13 weeks this summer from May to August and brought thousands of visitors and residents alike to Beacon Avenue.

After 13 weeks, the Sidney Street Market wrapped up last Thursday night and the town and organizers of the event are calling it a success.

The market was run this year by Laurie McDermid who was appointed the new organizer of the market last fall after she was chosen through a request for proposals process.

The Town of Sidney issued the RFP after they terminated their agreement with the Sidney Business Association in April of 2012.

Town of Sidney Mayor Larry Cross said in a statement that he feels the first year of the market under the new coordinator and format was an overwhelming success and that it has set a foundation for the long-term sustainability of the weekly event.

“Laurie and her market team are to be commended for a job well done,” said the Mayor.

The market, which ran for 13 weeks this year between May and August, is one of the largest in the province attracting an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 visitors each week.

This year, just over 150 vendors lined Beacon Avenue each Thursday offering art work, produce, music and entertainment.

“This has been a great first year for us,” said McDermid.

“I just can’t say enough about the team of block captains, volunteers and the Town of Sidney staff,” she added.

“Everyone put their best foot forward to make this a fabulous market.

We had a tremendous team effort from everyone to bring it all together each week.”