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Sunflower sees 2800 attendees

Event had 119 exhibitors in attendance.

YORKTON – The Yorkton Arts Council presented the Sunflower Art and Craft Market at the Gallagher Centre from Sept. 8–9.

This year's event saw 119 exhibitors showcase their hand-crafted products, with 36 of those exhibitors appearing at the show for the first time.

During the course of the two-day event 2,800 people were said to attend, according to Yorkton Arts Council Adminstrator, Tonia Vermette.

"Sunflower is our big fundraiser — our annual fundraiser — and it supports all of our other programming," Vermette told Yorkton This Week.

The funds raised are intended for YAC programs such as the Community pARTners Gallery, the YAC Presents Concert Series, Culture Days events and more.

The number of exhibitors at this year's event was just shy of their biggest year — 2019 — that saw 130 exhibitors attend.

Still, Vermette said she was happy with the number of exhibitors and patrons who were in attendance at the time of interview.

As for the future, Vermette said applications for next year's Sunflower will open in Jan.

"We usually send out our call for entry in January and we start assigning booth places in April," said Vermette, noting the deadline for entry is March 31.

"It doesn't mean that we're full — it usually means we start mapping out the booths because we have to fit everyone on the map," said Vermette.

"We have a look at all of their products to make sure that they have made them and they're not selling Tupperware — you're not allowed to sell things that somebody else has made — you have to be the creator of your own product," said Vermette.

For more information, visit their web page on the Yorkton Art Council's website.

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