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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 11:30 pm

There will be a “Market on Main” that will showcase downtown Union, and offer unique goods for sale.

The event is sponsored by the Union Area Chamber of Commerce and will be Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Market on Main will feature handmade goods, overstock merchandise from stores and, as well as sales from independent consultants including Scentsy, Thirty-One and Pampered Chef.

Chamber Executive Director Aimee Frey said there will be entertainment and food available.

“It will be family friendly, and hopefully it will be a nice day and people will want to walk around and check out the booths to see what’s happening,” Frey said.

She added that the event was the idea of Chamber Board President Stacy Rio, and has been planned for several months.

Once Frey took over the Chamber in July, she began to solidify the details.

There is still plenty of space available for vendors, but they must register by Monday, Sept. 30. The cost to take part is $50 for Chamber members, or $75 for non-Chamber members.

“We wanted to add some kind of special benefit for Chamber members,” Frey said.

The fees include a 10-foot by 10-foot space. There is no electric provided. Vendors must bring their own tents, tables and chairs. The market will be held rain or shine.

Frey said this event is a chance for area residents to find something unique.

“I have a background in craft fairs, and I know that the most popular items are handmade — something people can’t just go to the store and pick up themselves,” she said. “Items sell better if they are unique and are not readily available at the area supermarket.”

Frey noted that already signed up is a former business owner who closed a store and is selling off inventory, and some individual sellers.

“We’re trying to get the word out,” she said. “People can sell pretty much anything and everything.”

Focus on Square

Frey said that the Chamber will hold more events in downtown Union to draw attention to the “Union Town Square.”

“I really want to start doing events downtown showcasing the beautiful street scape and giving people something to do,” she said.

Frey explained that a town square, including one that features a historic courthouse, are a great attribute for a community.

She added that recent downtown enhancement work has added to the aesthetic qualities of downtown Union.

“They are such an asset, and especially now with green space and bumpouts,” said Frey. “They are a perfect spot to showcase Union events.

“I want to heavily utilize the square with everything we do,” she added.

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