The Minden artisan’s market will be resuming this year after a pandemic hiatus in 2020.

Township of Minden Hills community development coordinator, Elisha Weiss, said the first market will be held June 19, running to Thanksgiving weekend.

She said it will be at the fairgrounds beside the farmers’ market.

“We will have a limited number of vendors each week (maximum of 10) and there will be COVID protocols in place like a defined entrance and exit, one way travel through the market, social distancing etc.,” she said.

Sara Michelle of Nyx Art Studio is one of the vendors who was unhappy when the markets were not allowed to open last summer. She plans to be there for this summer and into the fall.

She told The Highlander she’s excited about returning.

“It will be so amazing to get back to work and what we as vendors love doing. We need this market back in the community and I’ve been getting such amazing feedback from all of my followers that are so excited to have the market back as well.”

She said it will be good for the community’s mental health and well-being to be able to interact in a safe environment.

“We all need to get back to some kind of normalcy and these outdoor markets may be the first step. It’s been a long 15 months for us all and it’s time to bring some joy and social interaction back to people’s lives.”

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