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Sandy Beach Market a kickoff-summer hit

By July 7, 2022No Comments
Kathy Cross of Kathy’s Kreations couldn’t be happier to have her booth set up at the first Sandy Beach Summer Market of 2022. The next market is scheduled for July 31. Taylor Weaver Meridian Source

 

You never know what you’ll find at the Sandy Beach Summer Market. 

That was the mindset of vendors and patrons as Sandy Beach Regional Park hosted its first summer market of 2022.

As was the case in previous years, the market offered something for everyone. Whether it was bouncy houses for the kids, live music, food trucks, or the ample variety of local vendors, there were treasures to be found by all. 

This is the third year Sandy Beach has hosted summer markets, and with the success of previous markets, the planning committee doesn’t plan on slowing down.

“We have 44 vendors today and we had to turn some away,” said chairman of Sandy Beach Regional Park, Howard Mehain. 

“We have another market on July 31 and we’re going to rearrange the vendors so we can add a few more, so we’re hoping to be over 50 for the July 31 market.

“It feels great to be back at the Sandy Beach Summer Market. There’s lots of people out today, we’ve got some beautiful weather, and more vendors than we could handle, which was great.”

A vendor since day one, Kathy Cross of Kathy’s Kreations once again had her homemade Sandy Beach swag for sale, with items ranging from beach towels or drink ware.

“The crowds today have been great, and so has the weather,” she said. 

“We have one good day forecasted in a group of about 10 days, and today is one of them. Every year we’ve lucked out with the weather.”

Kathy’s husband, Glen, is the park’s manager and the two have been living at Sandy full time for the past six years. 

“I’m on the committee so I’ve been coming since this started, and this is our third year,” she said. “We missed a year because of COVID, but our first year we had three markets. Last year we had two markets, and this year we’re also hosting two.”

Another returning vendor was local honey maker Shaun Donald of The Burly Bee. This was Donald’s second year as a vendor at the summer market and said it was great to see so many smiling faces out again.

“It’s beautiful and sunny today and there’s lots of people at the market,” he said.

“They do such a good job here setting up, which makes the day easier on us vendors. There’s live music all day and lots of great food, so it’s a fabulous day out here.”

If you couldn’t attend this past weekend’s summer market, be sure to mark July 31 on the calendar so you don’t miss the next one.