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Canada Day artisans wanted

Festivals Kelowna is once again inviting local artisans and small businesses to submit applications to participate in the annual “Celebrate Canada Day – Kelowna” festival held July 1st in Waterfront Park, as part of either the “Made in Canada Marketplace” or the “Canada Day Bazaar”.

“Our Canada Day festival is one of the largest and best attended community events each year with more than 55,000 people through Waterfront Park,” said Renata Mills, Executive Director, Festivals Kelowna.

“This is a terrific opportunity for local artists and small or home-based businesses to promote and sell their products. It’s a way to expose and sell their products to a huge number of people in one day for a low cost and we love having the vendors onsite because it enhances our event, giving our festival patrons yet another activity to explore.”

The “Made in Canada Marketplace” has been a regular and successful part of the Canada Day celebrations in Waterfront Park for over 10 years, providing local and regional artists with a fun environment to showcase their original, handcrafted products.

The “Canada Day Bazaar” was introduced to the event four years ago as a way for small and home-based businesses to market their products or services in a low cost yet impactful way.

“Each year we’ve had some really cool businesses approach us about being a part of Canada Day but we haven’t been able to accommodate them within our current artisan program,” said Mills. “With the addition of the ‘Canada Day Bazaar” all sorts of businesses can now join in the party.”

Interested artisans and businesses can download the application package from www.festivalskelowna.com by  following the links to the “Celebrate Canada Day-Kelowna” page. 

Applicants should note that all products must be suitable for sale in a family-friendly environment, and should apply before June 25th if they wish to participate.

Additional information about criteria for eligible products is also available by contacting Festivals Kelowna at (250) 868-3326 or (250) 868-3307.

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