Things could be getting more exciting downtown.
 
The Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is launching an outdoor market meant to bring a new vibe to the heart of the city. The chamber says the new Downtown Market will give residents a fun summer experience and boost downtown businesses by bringing more people to the area.
 
"The idea is to have families and the community come down and check it out, maybe stay and hang out for the afternoon and really see what downtown has to offer. There’s the trails. There’s the river valley. There’s a lot of really unique businesses that the community may not know about,” said Rene Holinski, sales and events coordinator with the chamber of commerce.“The idea is to bring that feel-good summer vibe to downtown.”
 
The Downtown Market will run on Saturdays for eight weeks.
 
Vendors will sell locally made, baked and grown products, but the new market will take on a different slant than the city’s existing Thursday evening farmers’ market.
 
“The Saturday market is intended to be more of an experience where you come downtown, you get an opportunity to engage with business, as well as local artisans, maybe some entertainment, some music, some food trucks, as well as food and entertainment from local businesses downtown,” said Alana Seymour, the chamber’s membership and marketing coordinator.
 
The chamber's new Downtown Market will provide an opportunity to vendors unable to attend the Thursday market.
 
Both of Fort Saskatchewan’s outdoor markets are Sunnygirl approved, meaning they follow guidelines set out by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. At Sunnygirl markets, 80 percent of goods for sale must be made, baked or grown by the vendors. Only 20 percent of goods can be commercial products.
 
The Downtown Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning July 7. 102nd street from 99th to 100th avenues will be closed to vehicles while the market is running.
 
Interested vendors can visit the chamber’s website to apply.