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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Port Elgin Beach Market Supports Potential Private Beach Development

Port Elgin | by Megan Johnson  

Organizer Joanne Robbins says they would like to see more weekly programming at the new location.

Photo provided by Port Elgin Beach Market 

The Port Elgin Beach Market is into its 40th year and consistently see's over 2,500 visitors every Wednesday.

This is the first season Port Elgin Pumpkinfest has overseen the weekly market, after the Port Elgin Tourist Association disbanded says coordinator Joanne Robbins.

Each week the local non-profit enlisted the help of local youth programming to help set up and run the market; with each community group receiving $500 back to their organization from admission. 

Groups that have assisted with the Beach Market include: the Saugeen Shores Lifesaving Club, the Breakers Swim Team and Saugeen Shores Interact Club, etc.

Robbins says many vendors are keeping abreast of proposed private development plans (Cedar Crescent Village) which could see develop in the current flea market space. 

She says there will still be a market of "some kind". 

Market space has been included in develop plans, moved closer to the water.

"I think we need to sit down, probably in January... and see what it will look like in 2020."

She goes on to say she's 100 percent behind redevelopment plans.

"Yes, this is a great thing on a Wednesday, let's expand and get some programming... why not artists on a Thursday? The Market may be smaller or in a different configuration but I think our vision for more programming would be great."

She adds it would be nice to see action all the time.

The Beach Market occurs every Wednesday from 9-4. Cost for entry is 25 cents for anyone over the age of 12. 

The final Market Day of the season is August 28.

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