In spite of strong winds and gusts of cold breeze, Donalda Red Lamp Market, held on Sunday morning, June 19 was a success attracting visitors from the community and surrounding areas, organizers said.
“The purpose of starting the market was to promote the town of Donalda and offer all types of vendors a place to promote their businesses and products,” said Amanda Clark, market secretary. “We started the market this year and will be hosting it every Sunday of each month from May to September.”
There were 20 vendors who had come out to the market to showcase their products.
“During the market I help supervise the vendors and answer any questions that visitors might have,” added Clark.
Clark is one of the five-member committee that started and has been running the market.
“We are an open market so we accept any type of family-friendly vendors without any restrictions,” added Clark. “We would like to see more vendors each market, and it would be nice to see more baking stalls and fresh produce, besides homemade and handmade items.”
Clark said that they encourage entertainers as well to busk at the market.
“We have been fortunate to have very cooperative vendors who always help one another with setup and who promote one another,” said Clark. “And having people come to Donalda to support these small businesses is a very positive thing.”
At the market there were all sorts of wares on sale, from clothing to homemade remedies to wood crafts.
“As a resident of Donalda, something I always remember as a child is the feeling of a closely-knit community and this market has brought back that feeling for me,” continued Clark. “And I hope that it does the same for other residents and tourists over time.”