L’Oakley market accepting applications
Oakley will hold its first annual farmer’s market, called the L’Oakley Market, this summer.
"We are trying to pull together Eastern Summit County," said Kate Boyd, market co-executive director.
Applications for vendors and musicians of all ages are now being accepted at http://www.loakleymarket.com .
"We’re looking for vendors, artists, crafters, kids vendors, as well as gourmet, snack and on-site food," Boyd said. "We are also accepting entertainers and musicians."
The market will have two paid musicians and entertainers slots every Saturday.
Boyd said they are hoping to book Sammy Thornbrue, an 11-year-old guitarist who made waves by playing on Park City Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival without a permit. He was asked to leave by Park City police officers, but not before drawing a large crowd of listeners.
"He’s applied and we’re just trying to work out the dates," she said. "So, that’s what we’re looking for: local, grass-roots people."
Not only are young musicians welcome, but young vendors as well.
"There are so many crafty and creative kids," she said. "It’s such a unique experience for them. And the market will be small enough for them to not be scared."
The organizers are also hoping to attract artists from the community.
"There are over 300 artists in Eastern Summit County. We’re trying to get them to come out of their houses and display what they have," she said.
A small market was held in Oakley in 2011 and 2012 in conjunction with the Summit County Fair, but the organizers soon realized that Eastern Summit County needed a true farmer’s market, Boyd said.
A survey conducted during and after the 2011 market showed an almost 100 percent interest in a local farmer’s market.
"So there is a lot of excitement about having a farmer’s market there," Boyd said.
Food stamps will be accepted for eligible items.
"There was a big push to make sure that happens," she said.
The market will also feature bounce houses and free activities for the kids.
The L’Oakley Market will run Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for seven weeks beginning June 29 on the grassy area of Cattlemen’s Hall, located at 911 West Center Street in Oakley.
Applications will be accepted until June 29, or until all market slots are booked.
"We’ve had quite a few applications already," Boyd said.
L’Oakley Market information meetings
Feb. 6, 6 p.m. at the Summit County Courthouse in conference room #1, located at 60 North Main Street in Coalville.
March 20, 6 p.m. at the High Star Ranch, located east of S.R. 32 in Kamas.
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