Riverwalk Market Fair Making Regional Waves
Northfieldâ€™s Riverwalk Market Fair, an artistsâ€™ and farmersâ€™ market inaugurated in 2010, was recently highlighted in an article by one of its primary sponsoring organizations, the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). Read full article here.
The weekly, summer-long event promoting area artists, musicians and farmers along Northfieldâ€™s Riverwalk was noted for its unique ties to the townâ€™s early days of commerce along the river.
â€œA century ago, visitors standing on the shores of Northfieldâ€™s historic Cannon River would have witnessed the colorful sights of a thriving hub of commercial enterprise. Today, a summer Saturday along the Cannon is equally lively, but the business transacted here has a distinctly family-friendly feel, thanks to the new Riverwalk Market Fair.â€
The article also highlighted Northfield as an arts destination and a rich source for local and organic foods. Co-founders Gail Jones Hansen and Dean Kjerland describe the event as â€œfeaturing high-quality products that reflect regional talents and tastes.â€
Riverwalk Market Fair received grant money last year from SMIF, which generously supported the Fairâ€™s efforts to promote entrepreneurship and attract visitors to Northfieldâ€™s vibrant arts and culture community.
SMIF President/CEO Tim Penny also mentioned Riverwalk Market Fair in an article titled, â€œSMIF Grants incent new ideas and solutions,â€ referencing Riverwalk Market Fair as a fine example of the programâ€™s success, citing an estimated 12,000 visitors and approximately $120,000 in sales for the 2010 season.
Planning is underway for the 2011 Riverwalk Market Fair season. Kjerland expects another full season ahead and is pleased with the growing interest and support to help localize the townâ€™s economic vitality.