The Downtown Market's two-month run has come to an end.
Vendors and customers spent their Saturdays on 102 St. for the first ever Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Downtown Market this summer. The last day of the market was on August 25.
"We had a lot of exciting feedback from both our vendors and from people who participated. I think it was a really fun event to bring downtown," said Erin Duncan, the events coordinator at the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber focused on giving the Saturday market its own identity and distinction from Thursday's long-running farmer's market.
"One of the big strengths was that we had some different vendors that we haven't seen at some of our other markets. We had a lot of artists and artisans. But we also had some of our favourites, some of the fruits and vegetables from some of the vendors that we do see on Thursdays. It was such a fun mix."
The market also featured live music, performers and activities for families.
Some people felt there was room for improvement. Customer traffic was a lot slower on Saturdays than at the Thursday market. The location also made the event less visible to passersby. Slower traffic made it difficult for some vendors to justify the cost of attending, as they had to pay for rent and transportation.
The weather also seemed to work against the market. Many of the days were raining or windy which made it difficult to attract more vendors and customers.
"Unfortunately, we dealt with some poor weather. Weather here in Alberta is so up and down," added Duncan. She noted that there were many vendors and customers alike that were real "troopers" and came out to support the market despite the poor weather.
Should the market continue next year, the chamber plans to continue to recruit new vendors to come downtown.
"I think that was a real strength for our Saturday market and I think that's something that we would definitely hope to encourage and grow for next year as well."
The farmer's market is still running every Thursday until September 20.