SOUTH MILWAUKEE – The South Milwaukee Downtown Market is bringing its fifth season to a close with its annual family celebration.
The Fall Family Festival returns on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the South Milwaukee farmers’ market, located at 11th and Milwaukee Avenues. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m.
Besides the usual lineup of market vendors, the event will feature free children’s activities like pumpkin decorating, Halloween mask making, face painting and vendor trick-or-treating. All children attending will also receive a free pumpkin.
Student volunteers from St. Thomas More High School will help run the event.
“We love to end each year with this community celebration,” said Alderman Erik Brooks, the market co-founder. “It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ to South Milwaukee for five wonderful years – and hopefully many more.”
The Fall Festival brings the fifth season of the Downtown Market to a close after another season of growth. The market regularly attracted more than 40 vendors selling produce, organics, baked goods, prepared food, arts and crafts. And it again featured weekly live music, including three concerts presented by the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. Other highlights of the market’s fifth season was the Health Fair, presented by South Shore Family Chiropractic, in September and the outdoor grilling event presented by Emerald City Catering in June.
“It was another great year,” said South Milwaukee City Clerk Jim Shelenske, also co-founder of the market. “We look forward to keep on doing what we’re doing – providing a welcoming, family-friendly attraction for our city every Thursday in downtown South Milwaukee. It’s something the entire Downtown Market Committee take prides in.”
Committee members are Chairman David Kieck, Brooks, Shelenske, Tony Bloom, Wayne and Belinda Copus, Gary Morrison, Carol Rehak and Jeff Wasielewski. The Copuses own Country Meadows, a soap and lotion vendor at the market, and Wasielewski owns Sweet Delight Kettle Corn, which is also at the market each week.
Said Kieck: “With the hard work, dedication and commitment of committee and our vendors – and thanks to our terrific customers -- our future is bright. Our first five years are just the start. We are always focused on getting bigger and better.”
Vendors Sought for November 30 Christmas Market
The South Milwaukee Downtown Market is bringing back its Christmas Market at South Milwaukee High School. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. Vendors interested in participating can access an application at the market website: www.smmarket.org. Cost is $30 per booth. Stay tuned for more details.
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