Pulaski’s Marketplace makes debut May 15

Plans are coming together for the 2018 version of The Marketplace – the Town of Pulaski’s Tuesday evening farmer’s market.

Deputy Town Manager Nichole Hair on Tuesday night briefed Town Council on Marketplace plans.

The Marketplace will be open every Tuesday from May 15 until Aug. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Hair told council that six vendors from last year’s Marketplace – which was operated for the town by the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce – have committed to return this summer.

Another five vendors from last year are completing applications for this summer, and two new vendors are working on their applications, she said.

Hair told council the first Tuesday Marketplace of each month will feature a Chef’s Showcase with local chefs doing cooking demonstrations.

The fourth Tuesday of the month will feature a food truck and live entertainment.

Hair said the middle Tuesdays of each month will allow for a focus on the vendors, as well as incorporate other events such as the Mountains of Music Homecoming celebration, an Independence Day event July 3rd focusing on veterans, and Healthcare Night on July 10 centered around healthcare providers in the area.

Hair noted that the school system had requested a Back to School event and Cougar Pride Night on Aug. 14.

The Marketplace is forging partnerships with local organizations such as Friends of Peak Creek, Pulaski Theatre, the Ratcliffe Museum and the Fine Arts Center.  Hair said the partnership with the FAC is centered around the center’s 40th anniversary in May.

Hair noted these partnerships will provide an opportunity for Marketplace partners to fundraise and recruit volunteers.

By Mike Williams, The Patriot