“The market will continue for at least two more months,” said Kyle Bennett, Woodstock’s assistant director of tourism and visitors center operations.
Several vendors will bring their wares today to the usual location, the parking lot of the Elm Street Cultural Arts Center, 8534 Main Street, but will move inside the building’s lobby in case of cold or rain, Bennett said.
The market will take place at its usual 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. time and vendors will test the waters to see whether they want to continue participating in the event into the new year.
“This will be the first extra weekend,” Bennett said, adding the market typically ends the last Saturday in October.
In the height of the market season in July and August, Bennett said the market generally has 25 to 30 vendors, while during recent months there have been about 10 or 15 vendors who are typically professionals often selling baked bread, bath and beauty products and homemade agricultural products.
Bennett said after posting the news Friday morning, he’s received a great deal of positive response.
“It seems like the public is very excited,” Bennett said. “A lot of people would love if we could keep going year round. Most of them will say they prefer to get more local stuff because it tastes better and they like the fact they know the person who’s growing their food.”
Though the group of vendors has only committed to a couple more months, Bennett said if there is demand, they might just keep going.
“We’ll see how long we have enough vendors and enough public turnout,” Bennett said.
After the market, shoppers can take a short walk down Main Street to the Woodstock Art and Wine Festival in the Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road.
Held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the free event will include a juried fine arts show, wine tastings, live entertainment, an interactive children’s activity area and food.
Event-goers can purchase a wine-tasting wristband for $25 to sample more than 30 types of wine beginning each day 12:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the festival, the Woodstock Police Foundation is sponsoring for the second year its Great American Chili Cook-Off today from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Later this evening, the city along with Northside Hospital will screen “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” at 6:45 p.m. in the park.