If you like it hot, then this summer, with its endless 30-plus days, couldn’t be more perfect.
Unless of course, you had the Selkirk Port D.O.G Days Market to drop in on, and you will, beginning July 21 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Waterfront and running every Wednesday until it wraps up on Aug. 25.
With the province lifting further restrictions last week under Phase 2 of its 4-3-2-One Great Summer Reopening Path the market can operate with up to 500 people attending. Masks are not required, but strongly encouraged. Social distancing will be in effect, including for our four legged friends, who must be on a standard leash, not a retractable one.
“We’re really excited to have the market return this year and with the further easing of restrictions we’re able to let more people in,” says Ellie Longbottom, the city’s Culture Coordinator.
“We’re happy to be able to provide a lunchtime destination for people in Selkirk and look forward to seeing everyone down at the Waterfront enjoying what the vendors have to offer, having a bite to eat and taking in the entertainment.”
Working together creating a safe atmosphere
Angie Neeth coordinates the Port Market and will also be selling her Kake Fräulein
products, which consist of traditional and German-inspired baking. She will be one of 37 vendors at the market this year.
Neeth said she and the city worked together last year to ensure the market succeeded and adhered to public health orders and it’s more of the same this year.
“It’s definitely more of a challenge just because we do have to follow provincial health orders, but last year we got a good handle on it and it’s a little easier this year because it’s the second time around,” Neeth said.
Like last year, there will be one entrance and one exit to accommodate one directional flow of foot traffic. Vendors will be social distanced at six-feet apart and vendors themselves will ensure there’s no crowding at their sites.
“It worked well last year, everything flowed well and it’s in everybody’s mind already, ‘oh, I have to keep my distance’, so it worked well,” Neeth said.
“The most important thing is to keep everyone safe.”
“People can walk around the loop more than once, as long as they don’t gather,” Neeth said.
People visiting the market are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Selkirk Food Bank. New this year also is the Frontier College Reading Tent for kids.
A variety of vendors to choose from
Vendors are excited to be returning, and Neeth said she has a waiting list of additional vendors. If public health orders change, more could be joining in.
The market will have vendors from previous years selling their vegetables, honey, home made jams, jellies and relish, home made baking, gluten free perogies, jewellery, soaps, clothing and accessories, hand painted wood signs, authentic sports collectables, and food trucks – just to name a few.
Vendors interested in a spot at the Port Market can contact Angie Neeth at [email protected]
The City of Selkirk will have a booth set up and will be selling the city’s awesome new clothing and accessories, with all profits from every sale going towards the Selkirk Parks and Heritage Endowment Funds.