Vendors and their customers crowded 102 St. for the first ever Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Downtown Market.
 
The day included more than 30 vendors, a free pancake breakfast sponsored by Nutrien, entertainment, fun for the kids and more.
 
Some notable local vendors included SNAC Jerky, Dear Dog Treats, Little Bean and Best of the Wurst Sausage and Smokehouse.
 
"At the Chamber, one of our big focuses is making sure we can bring some value to our membership and we have a lot of downtown members," said Tamara Dabels with the Chamber. "We wanted to bring people downtown so that our great community can discover all of the things that are offered down here."
 
The Downtown Market will run every Saturday for the rest of July and August and will have no effect on the scheduled Thursday farmer's market.
 
"Some of the Thursday market people are here, but we have a lot of new (vendors) specific to the Fort," Dabels explained. "The vendors are a huge part of this. We also just wanted to provide something for residents to do on the weekend."
 
Because the Downtown Market is on a Saturday, Dabels believes that more residents will have a chance to explore what's being offered.
 
"Often at the Thursday markets, we have people coming to do a quick shop and we have loyal people come every week. This, we hope to have more of a 'come-and-stay feel' to it - so to come check out the vendors, check out your downtown businesses, go visit the sheep, go to the library - we want this to be an experience of downtown."
 
The Downtown Market is open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Saturday untill the end of August.

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