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A market for Snoqualmie: Kim Ewing brings vendor, arts venue back for first time in seven years

Aiming to bridge neighborhoods and promote downtown, Kim Ewing is organizing the new Snoqualmie Arts Market. - Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
Aiming to bridge neighborhoods and promote downtown, Kim Ewing is organizing the new Snoqualmie Arts Market.
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It’s been seven years since vendors hawked their wares in a farmer’s market on the streets of Snoqualmie.

But resident and Sallal Grange member Kim Ewing is looking to change all that with a new market, all Snoqualmie’s own.

Ewing is organizing the new Snoqualmie Arts Market, or SAM, aimed at bringing artist, foodie, rural lifestyle goods on five weekends this summer, starting with a preview on Friday, July 26, during the monthly Finally Friday Art Walk.

The market continues from noon to 4 p.m. on four Saturdays, July 27 and August 3, 17, and 24, at the covered area at Railroad Park, 7971 Railroad Ave. S.E.

“Our generous communities, active arts scene, and dynamic farming culture are all represented in the market,” says Ewing, through a collection of local food and crafts vendors, arts presentations, and food demos.  Also featured are educational and outreach booths highlighting health, lifestyle and educational projects; local businesses and the non-profit community.

“I always try to get people together,” says Ewing, a professional event organizer. That’s the vision behind returning a community market—Snoqualmie hasn’t had a farmer’s market since 2006—to a city that sometimes seems split between new and old.

“It’s a way to bring these two communities to a central point,” says Ewing, who envisions the arts expo helping downtown pull tourists out of their cars and onto the block.

“If they see this big, colorful market, they’re more likely to stop,” says Ewing.

The key to success, she says, is city-wide support. She is seeking business sponsors, realizing that the more locals involved, the better.

The market is supported by the city of Snoqualmie, the Snoqualmie Arts Commission and Sallal Grange, which serves as primary sponsor.  Initial funds have been provided by the 4Culture, King County Lodging Tax Fund.  Ewing seeks additional funds from business sponsorships and wants applications for vendors.

• Get involved by contacting Ewing at (425) 292-3067 or by e-mail at bbqheiress@outlook.com.

 

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