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2017 Farmers Market

Our Farmers Market will be starting, as it always does, on the 1st Sunday in June again – June 4th.  All our regular vendors are back along with a few from Symons Valley who, as you know, were badly affected by fire this last winter.

This year we are extending the market an extra week into October in order to have a full 19 weeks for our customers and vendors.

Come and see our newly renovated hall!  We have vastly improved the inside and outside and are now branding it ‘The Bearspaw Lions Community Hall’.  We have new everything inside, stage, Bar, audio / visual equipment and a new deck area will be under construction soon along with walkways onto the deck from both sides of the Hall.  As usual, the Hall can be rented for your private parties, weddings or for community gatherings.  Go to our Facebook Page ‘Bearspaw Lions Community Hall’ for more information.

Our inside caterer will be providing breakfast and brunch/lunch  from about 9:00 AM to closing, at 2:00 PM and of course our regular food vendors will be waiting for you as well.

We’re on FaceBook and Twitter!

Look for us (Bearspaw Lions Farmers Market) on FaceBook.  If you are a regular vendor at our market and you have your own website contact us at farmersmarket2016@bearspawlions.com to get your link on our page.  Link to us.

Let us know if you LIKE us.

We are also on Twitter @BearspawLions!  Are you a current, registered (and accepted) Day vendor for the Bearspaw Lions Farmers Market?   Follow @BearspawLions and find out when we have extra space.

If you haven’t registered with us yet look for the Post with FAQ, Forms etc. and download our current application form and send it to us.  If we accept you you can then follow us using Twitter to see when we have room for Day vendors.

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Bearspaw Lions Farmer’s Market

THE LIONS CLUB OF BEARSPAW

Bearspaw Lions’ Farmers’ Market

e-mail: mailto:farmersmarket2016@bearspawlions.com

LOOK for us on Facebook!

When

First Sunday in June to the first Sunday in October, rain or shine.10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.Expanded parking is available on the west end of our property.  Parking is somewhat restricted along Nagway Road East of our property due to neighbor concerns.

Where

In the Bearspaw Lions Hall and on the property.Take Highway 1A (Calgary to Cochrane) West from Calgary to Bearspaw Road, just west of the Calgary City Limits. Turn North onto Bearspaw Road and immediately East onto Nagway Road.The Bearspaw Lions Hall and grounds are on the North side of Nagway Road.

What

The market boasts almost 100 vendors selling a wide range of: local plants & produce; B.C. fruit; baked goods; locally grown meats (fresh Chicken, frozen beef, bison, elk, and lamb); frozen & smoked fish; artisan products in iron, wood, silver and bone; natural cosmetics; crafted clothing; floral arrangements and other crafts.  The market is primarily an outdoor market with some vendor exhibits located inside the clubhouse.

This year we are pleased to have Nicks Catering returning to provide breakfast and lunch from the kitchen in our clubhouse.

History

Our market is a summer market (first Sunday in June to the first Sunday in October). It has been running since 1993. The market was the brain child of three people, Lion Orval Grenon and his wife Doreen and Lion Dan Schmaltz. At the time the Bearspaw area was going through a transition from agricultural use (primarily ranching) to residential acreages. A major fund raising activity for the club was a community auction. With the demographic shift the auction lost its luster and fund raising ability. Lion President Orval, set out to find another fund raiser. He was in the Millarville area and saw the impact of the Farmers Market on that rural community. Millarville was similar to Bearspaw in that it did not have a village centre.  Lion Orval convinced a few vendors to come to Bearspaw on Sunday after their Saturdays at Millarville. And the rest they say is history… The Market generates over $30,000.00 in revenues. Lions Grenon and Schmaltz were awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship for their proactive endeavor.

A unique aspect of our market is that it is run by volunteers and part of the proceeds go to charitable causes as identified by the Bearspaw Lions Club.  The Club regularly contributes to local charities such as the Cochrane Activettes as well as Stars (question: what is the only logo on the Stars helicopters?  Hint: look at the top left of our web page), the Cancer Society, Red Cross, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Interfaith Food Bank & many others.

Our address is:

Lions Club of Bearspaw
25240 Nagway Road
Calgary, Alberta, T3R 1A1
Fax: (403) 239-0235
Phone: (403) 239-0201

To get an application to be a vendor and pricing information click on the link above or send an e-mail to the address above.