The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its first Arts and Crafts Outdoor Market on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Lefty Hamilton Park in West Williamson.

The Arts and Crafts Open Air Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to President Chris Dotson, the Chamber came up with the Open Air Market concept after it recognized the lack of organized family activities and the lack of sales outlets for local artisans.

“We are always looking for something new to do,” Dotson said. “With the market being held on the Lefty Hamilton Field it will give people room to space out and to enjoy some time outside. We hope the people who attend the market will have a good day.

“This year has been tough on everyone,” Dotson continued. “Many of our local vendors are needing to make some money because of all the events that have been cancelled. We hope the public will come out to support our local artisans.”

Dotson said the Open Air Market will be the second event this year for MicKah’s Market operated by MicKah Steele. Her booth will feature a variety of home decor items.

“MicKah was one of the vendors who set up a booth at the Young Entrepreneurs Day this summer at the Farmer’s Market. She was actually the first vendor to register for the market,” Dostson said. “We are glad that those who participated in the Young Entrepreneurs Day gained the confidence to pursue selling their crafts.”

Also, blacksmith-in-training Abram Sturgill, who was represented at the Young Entrepreneurs Day, will have hand-forged pieces for sale at the Sturgill Mountain Homestead booth.

“We will not have any food vendors during the market because of the many COVID-19 restrictions,” Dotson said. “But, the Williamson Parks and Recreation Board will provide a concession stand following COVID-19 guidelines.”

Vendors will offer a variety of items during Saturday’s event including artwork, home decor, woodcrafts, handmade jewelry and photography among other things

“Rather than shopping in those big box stores, come enjoy some time outside in the open-air, pick up some one of a kind finds, and support local,” Dotson said. “With so many events cancelled this year, our local organizations and vendors would appreciate your support.”

In the event of inclement weather, the market will be postponed.

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