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March 25th, 2008
Return of Market Days

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KYLE – Once upon a time, about one Saturday per month during the warmer months, the City of Kyle put on a little gathering on the city hall square. It wasn’t anything very intense, just a few vendors hawking their wares, a little public gathering.

The tradition kind of went away for a while. But it’s making a comeback this year, in a slightly different form.

Kyle’s parks and recreation department and the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce have announced the return of Market Days, which will take place on the first Saturday of every month from April 5 to Nov. 1. The event will take place not on the old city hall square, but on Front Street between the new city hall and the old city train depot.

“This is an opportunity for Hays County local artists, farmers and craftsmen to display their homemade crafts, which are either handmade or grown personally by them,” said Kerry Urbanowicz, Kyle’s Director of Parks and Recreation. Urbanowicz said he hopes to also showcase indigenous Kyle restaurants, such as Bordeaux’s and the Texas Pie Company.

Eight booths will be set up for farmers, with another 40 booths for artists and craftsmen. Farmers can use their booths for free, while artists and craftsmen will pay $35 for each event.

But not just any farmer or vender will be given a booth. Urbanowicz said a selection process will determine who participates. A Market Days committee also will determine which local bands and musicians will play at the events.

“Our goal is to promote local arts, crafts and farmers within the community,” Urbanowicz said. “We would essentially like to promote tourism and the city itself.”

The Parks and Recreation Department will set up the events, with the chamber of commerce responsible for alerting vendors and promoting the events.

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