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This article was published 06/05/2021 (467 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

A new outdoor community market is coming soon to Charleswood.

The Charleswood Broncos Football Club has launched a brand new initiative to host an outdoor community market each Thursday next to its field at 535 Oakdale Dr. The market will run each week from May 6 until June 24, and possibly into the summer, pending approval from Manitoba Public Health.

“With sports being shut down, our fundraising opportunities for the club have been drastically reduced,” said Broncos board member Cheryl Stock.

Supplied photo As a way of raising funds, the Charleswood Broncos Football Club is launching a series of outdoor craft and vendor markets on May 6, next to the club's field at 535 Oakdale Dr.

“The plan is to run weekly on Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. Right now, we are taking bookings until June but hope to keep it going through the summer.”
Proper pandemic protocols will be in place for the safety of vendors and shoppers alike.

“We will be abiding by all public health restrictions,” Stock said.

“Booths will be well spaced, foot traffic will monitored and directed, sanitizer will be plentiful, and our clubhouse will be open to allow people to wash their hands and use the washrooms. We are waiting for directions on masks at this time.”

An impressive array of vendors has already signed up to sell their wares, with everything from jams and jellies to candles and décor. Other highlights include pet treats, clothing, quilts, spices, seasonings, Tupperware — and much more.

Sites for vendors cost $20 per week, with a limited number of electrical spots available for $25 per week. Crafters, vendors and community groups are welcome to apply. An application form and market details are available on the Charleswood Broncos Football Club website at www.charleswoodbroncos.ca/market

“Any dollar that we can fundraise helps keep our program going for the kids. And we get to bring an outdoor market to the area, allowing local residents to promote their businesses and allowing families to shop local, which is so important right now,” Stock said. “Absolutely anyone can attend. The market is open to all.”

At all times, safety will come first, Stock added. The operation of the weekly market will be dependent on current pandemic restrictions.

“If we can’t hold the market safely with case loads and restrictions,” Stock said, “then we will pause until it is safe to do so.”

In addition to offering some great options for local shopping, the market also helps to promote the local football club.

“The Broncos Football Club is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that offers an opportunity for boys and girls from five to 14 to learn about football, teamwork, leadership and, above all else, friendship,” Stock said.

To keep up to date on Charleswood Broncos news, visit the organization’s website or follow the group’s social media pages.

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