The Downtown Penticton Association has had to cancel its Community Market, which was slated to run from Aug. 7 to Sept. 25, 2021.
“With very late approval for us to operate a ‘walk-through event’ as per the provincial government [order], we could not pull together this year’s market,” announced Lynn Allin, executive director of the DPA. “Many of our amazing vendors had commitments in place and would not be able to join us downtown this year.”
Typically, it does take a few months of preparation to host a very large outdoor event, and with only a few weeks, the DPA was not able to get enough vendors to join in this summer, said Allin.
“The DPA board of directors and the staff are disappointed we could not bring this fun and exciting event to you this year; however, we are happy to announce we are planning the 2022 market, which should run from May to the end of September 2022,” she added.
The DPA had hoped to open the market in the 200 block of Main Street on the same day mini Peach Fest is taking place in Gyro Park on Aug. 7.
This will be the second summer the Market was unable to go ahead because of the pandemic.
Normally, the Penticton Market sees thousands visit the hundreds of vendors.
Now they focus on 2022.
“We are just really excited about the 2022 season when we are back to a full scale market” said Market manager Amber Belcourt.
Starting in November, the DPA will be accepting applications from vendors for the 2022 season.
Go to the DPA website to fill out an application.