After much anticipation and great demand, Artists Collaborative Theatre (ACT) is excited to invite its neighbors to come shop beneath the setting sun on August 4th from 6-10 pm at the 2017 Elkhorn City Night Market! This summer’s Night Market expects to be bigger and better than ever, which is saying something after the great success of last year’s market which brought a crowed of over a thousand to the small town of Elkhorn City. All market proceeds from booth registration fees go directly to support ACT, a 501c3 non-profit organization working to support the arts in Appalachia.
Samantha West, ACT Artistic Director and Night Market project manager, says everywhere she has gone this past year people have asked her when the next Night Market would be. “If the constant buzz, questions, and requests over the last year are any indication, August 4th is going to be an incredible market! It’s become an absolutely magical night that family, friends, and individuals can all come together to enjoy and have some good summer fun.”
A night of summer fun is certainly a goal, but ACT decided to bring a night market to Elkhorn City for more than just festival food and shopping sprees. West explains, “For the last 15 years, ACT has actively pursued ways to showcase and serve Appalachian artists. Last year, we had the idea to create a night when the entire community could come together and celebrate our unique culture, talent, and roots. The Elkhorn City Night Market was born!”
Taking notes from other nearby cities, Elkhorn City decided to host an open-air market to create a tourism and economic booster for the area with the intention of bringing in and keeping dollars in Pike County. Last summer, visitors to the Elkhorn City Night Market casually shared stories of staying in nearby hotels, eating at local restaurants, and visiting other local attractions. Also, of course, the market’s vendors reported sizeable profits from their sells. The Elkhorn City Night Market also places a heavy emphasis on recruiting handmade and locally produced items and local small businesses as the majority of its vendors as an additional way to support Pike County’s entrepreneurs and the talented people of the region.
Vendors expected to line the streets on August 4th include many returning favorites, such as those selling handmade and unique jewelry, woodworking crafts, home décor, restored furniture, original pieces of artwork, customizable embroidery items, an array of locally-themed apparel, homemade soaps and lotions, fresh picked fruits and vegetables, refreshing shaved ice, several food trucks offering a variety of mouth-watering foods, and much more. The market also plans to have a variety of brand name vendors too, such as Lula Roe clothing, Pink Zebra scented wax melts, and Plunder jewelry.
The Elkhorn City Night Market will also feature a full evening of live music and entertainment. Several well-known local musical acts will be in attendance, featuring sounds across several genres. Market-goers can expect to hear bluegrass, indie, folk, rock, and more.
“I never could have imagined the immediate success the Elkhorn City Night Market had, and all of that is credited to our amazing ACT volunteers, the Fine Arts program at the Pike County Cooperative Extension Service, Elkhorn City officials, and, of course, our top-of-the-line, amazing vendors!,” West explained.
Those interested in setting up as a vendor or performing on stage should contact Samantha West at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message to the Artists Collaborative Theatre, Inc. Facebook page at facebook.com/ACTheatre1. More information and vendor applications may be found online at pike.ca.uky.edu/NightMarket or may be picked up in person at the Pike County Extension Service located at 148 Trivette Dr. in Pikeville, KY. Applications sent after July 31st will require an additional $5 late fee.