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Weekly crafters and farmers market coming to Elliot Lake

Market will feature live entertainment, food, crafts and support local charities
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The grand opening of a new local market is set to take place on Sunday, May 29, at the Bingo Plus building located on Dunn Rd.

Organizer Deborah Lang has been working non-stop on making her idea come to life. This new local event will be happening every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature vendors both indoors and outdoors.

This event is free to the community and will take place rain or shine.

Vendors will range from those selling fresh produce to local artisans showcasing their handmade wares.

Lang told ElliotLakeToday that she has “25 vendors already confirmed for opening day” and “some have already booked into June”.

Lang also will be hosting community barbecues and live entertainment throughout the summer at the market on some Sundays.

Proceeds will benefit a few local charities that have already reached out, she said. Larry’s Place, Society for Animals in Distress (SAD), Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) and Special Olympics will be the beneficiaries of her fundraising efforts.

The vision that Lang has for her market includes live entertainment for all ages. She encourages anyone interested in performing to contact her directly.

On opening day, Leto Fletcher, a balloon artist will be there showcasing their unique talent for the community.

The cost for vendors to rent a table will be $30. A third of that amount will be used by Lang to run the market, she said. Her portion after paying for use of the space is “what’s going to look after everything else.”

Lang also told ElliotLakeToday that she had been approached by a few people that were looking for work. While there isn’t a lot of extra money left to hire people she is committed to giving back to the community.

“This is what this is about… from the money left over from the table rentals we can probably afford to do that.”

Lang will also be contacting the high school with hopes that students are still looking for community hours to complete the volunteer component of their graduation requirement. She will need volunteers to help vendors set up and take down their displays each week.

She is also in the process of submitting an application for a funding grant to Elliot Lake Retirement Living (ELRL). The group invests in activities, programs, projects and individuals that help to make Elliot Lake a place that people want to live, retire to and invest in.

Lang hopes that her community vision will help her secure funding for this ongoing summer attraction. She tells ElliotLakeToday she is excited to promote a safe and accessible place for the community to support local artisans and small businesses.

Anyone looking for more information on being a vendor, performer or volunteer can contact Deborah Lang at (705) 827-0128.