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Downtown hosting ongoing events

By May 26, 2022No Comments
Creative artists like Dave Rechlo from Dave’s Kustom Leather in Blackfoot, will be featured at maker’s fair downtown this Sunday starting at noon. Rechlo is seen here during the downtown Pumpkin Fest last fall.

 

Pedestrians will take over a block downtown this Sunday for the first-ever Legacy DIY Maker Fair and Street Market.

The event will cap off a separate Fashion and Style week also going on downtown until Saturday night.

Lorne Davison, chief operation officer of the Legacy maker space, says his event was planned in December to mimic the popularity of makers’ fairs in large urban centres.

“We’re shutting down 49th Street for a celebration of creative people,” he said.

“Think 30 to 40 vendors. The Legion is doing food and we’ll have bounce castles.”

The City of Lloydminster is advising motorists that 49 St. between 50 Ave. and 51 Ave. will be closed from 12-10 p.m. on Sunday for the street event.

Davison says the event will be similar in scope to Pumpkin Fest that Legacy hosted downtown last fall.

“There’s a wide variety of people just bringing unique creations,” said Davison.

“We’re going to have some makers doing some live demonstrations, including a knife-making demonstration and pottery and some cool things like that.”

Fashion and Style week activities are also underway downtown, coinciding with Western Canadian Fashion Week happening in Edmonton until May 28.

“It’s a fashion and promotion week downtown,” said organizer and participant Dawn Hames from Dawn Interiors and Fashions.

The special week kicked off with a fashion show at Grace United Church Wednesday night.

It started with a tea with entertainment by Caroline Parke, a multi-nominated singer-songwriter from Tulliby Lake, and featured an art show by Michelle Lake and an Encore Studio dancer.

All proceeds are going to the Salvation Army Food Bank and a food outreach program Grace United runs to support 30 families.

“We called to see if there was a need and there was a definite need,” said Hames.

“The day I talked with the lady at the food bank, they were out of food that day.”

Funds for food were raised through ticket sales and a silent auction.

Some downtown businesses like Addilynn Clothing. Unwind, 50th Ave. Cuts, Penelope, Aziz & Sons and the Scarlett Tread took part in the fashion show.

“Many other downtown businesses supporting the event through either door prizes or silent auction items,” said Hames.

The Downtown Area Revitalization Committee is one of the sponsors of fashion and style week activities going on.