Riverwalk Market Fair Saturday, June 30 – Youth Booth official kick-off and special features

Youth Booth Kick Off

As part of the effort to support young entrepreneurs, Riverwalk Market Fair is hosting a Youth Booth for the first time this year. The mission of the Fair is to provide a sales venue for locally-based small businesses who love what they do and want to take their enterprise to the next level. “We created the Youth Booth to grow the next generation of Northfield entrepreneurs,” said Riverwalk Market Fair board member, Kathy Zeman. Young people get to experience what it’s like to produce a product, package and price it, display it and sell it.

Three local nonprofits, Healthy Community Initiative, Women in Northfield Giving Support and the Northfield Enterprise Center, are supporting the effort by donating a tent and providing volunteer mentors. Slots for this season are filling fast so Zeman encourages any young person in the Northfield area who would like to participate to fill out application soon. Applications can be downloaded from the Fair’s website, www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org

This Saturday the Youth Booth kicks off with two teams of entrepreneurs and one solo entrepreneur. Eleven-year-olds Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien of Northfield will be selling their handcrafted origami sculptures, members of the Northfield Union of Youth (the Key) will have their special home-baked dog treats and Anna Ramsey will sell her home made cake-pops. Pictured above – Sam Wilmot and Nathan Olien.

Featured artist Jennifer Wolcott

Jennifer Wolcott calls herself an artist of last resort. “Give me a beat-up file cabinet and I’ll turn it into birds and planes and tractors,” she says. A Northfield native and Riverwalk Marker Fair veteran, Wolcott is best known for creating welded steel structures that serve as garden gates, tall grass sculptures, spherical trellises and whimsical decorations.

Featured Food artisan Anne Archibald

Recent high school graduate Anne Archibald of Archibald Mills is this week’s featured food artisan. She makes and sells baked goods, fair trade organic coffee and lemonade. In her third season at the Fair, she says this Saturday’s specialties will include raspberry coffee cake and cream cheese brownies.

Musical highlight

Musical entertainment will be provided by guitarist, singer/songwriter Kent Koester who plays Neil Young-style folk ballads recalling the 1960s and 70s. Guitarist Bill McGrath also will be strumming his favorite tunes from the era.