As the sun gets higher, the days longer, and the land greener, it’s time for “tomatoes, sunshine, coupons, and music” at the 15th annual Spring Wing Ding, said organizer Renee Clark of the Rossland Chamber of Commerce.
Clark is stoked as plans shape up for sales at local stores — including the release of the Chamber’s 2011 coupon book at the event — while a variety of vendors ply their wares in the Queen Street market and street performers put on a show.
“I’m excited, it’s a lot of fun,” she said about the shop local initiative that aims to promote Rossland’s businesses. “It gets people out and about in our community, supporting our local shops. Downtown businesses will be offering some killer deals and savings for shoppers, plus there will be an opportunity to check out the mini-market between the Rossland Credit Union building & Ross Vegas Boardshop.”
It’s the second year the chamber has put out a coupon book.
“It did very well last year,” Clark said, “so we’ll have this year’s books on sale if anyone wants to purchase one.”
Nadine Tremblay of the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture is also on the hunt for “musicians, jugglers, actors, contortionists, poets, belly dancers and beyond.” She laughed, “Don’t worry, it won’t rain, we’re not running a stage this year!”
The market itself is open to any and all vendors with food, art, or merchandise for sale. It’s very much a self-organizing event and “spaces for vendors are first come, first served,” Clark explained, suggesting people should come early to claim better spaces.
Rachael Roussin of Rossland REAL Food encouraged any gardeners with extra seedlings to come down this year to sell to folks who haven’t got their seedlings started yet.
“Every year, people show up with seedlings and people come down for them,” Clark said. She asked that people wanting to sell their seedlings let her know in advance so she can plan for space.
Up to date event information will be posted on the chamber’s site, www.rossland.com/home.
For more details or to sign on as a vendor, contact Clark at 362-5666. Prospective buskers should contact Tremblay at 231-7943 or Clark at the chamber.
Spring Wing Ding runs on Rossland’s main drag from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 4.