KENOSEE LAKE - The Red Market Barn had its first market on May 21.
Brenda and Harold Johnston are in their 11th season holding markets with many different vendors. The barn is located on Highway 9, north of Kenosee Lake.
The barn was built in 1914 and moved to its present location in 1975. It has seen a few upgrades but has been kept to its original state as much as possible.
Brenda Johnston said she is excited about the year with many new vendors. She tries hard to not have two similar crafters.
Although attendance was down from last year, Johnston was happy with the crowd that came out for the day.
The late spring and farmers out on the fields seeding crops likely caused the smaller crowd, she said.
Tilted Kilts, a band from Forget, entertained the crowd with many classic rock songs. The band will attend a few more times during the summer.
Broadway Bakery from Redvers will be attending the concession stand, and Beavertails out of Regina will also be there to feed the crowds.
Johnston also thought people may have stayed home due to the cool temperatures and the wind.
“The smoke could also have caused a concern for some people,” said Johnston.
The next market is June 18, and then will occur every weekend until Sept. 3, which will wrap up the season.
There is an array of unique items at the market. The upstairs houses all the moccasins that Johnston makes during the winter, and there is also a selection of placemats.
There is fresh honey, handmade jewelry, plants, voxx products, deluxe purple martin birdhouses, homemade canning, soaps, oils, knitted items, hand painted solar lights and so much more.
Johnston looks forward to another summer of vendors, meeting people and seeing those that come year after year. Many just come to listen to the music and take a spin on the dance floor, while enjoying the fresh outdoors.