For the second straight year the Friday Night Market in Lindsay has moved indoors for the winter. But, unlike last year, vendor attendance seems to be down.
Virginia Loya, executive director of the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce, said there are only about 10-20 vendors in attendance for the first two nights of the Market on Dec. 6 and 13 at the McDermont Field House. She said several more vendors are signed up but have not attended the market.
“We would like to keep this going but if we don’t have more vendors we may not continue the market through the winter next year,” Loya said.
The winter market is a much smaller version of the downtown Market and Street Faire which stretches across several blocks in downtown Lindsay in and around Sweet Brier Plaza. Several thousands of people attend the traditional market in downtown but only about 25 people were seen at any given time last Friday at McDermont.
Loya said she is asking any vendors interested in selling over the winter to contact her this month, as the indoor market will continue through February until the outdoor market resumes in March. Vendors fall under six categories – entertainment, information, retail, arts and crafts, produce and food concession – each with their own application process. All vendors must have a business license with the City of Lindsay and have a special event form filed with the State Board of Equalization. Food vendors also need to fill out a temporary food permit application with the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency. All forms can be found on the Chamber’s website at www.thelindsaychamber.com. Submit applications to the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 989, Lindsay, CA 93247. If vendors want more information, contact Virginia Loya at 559-333-1994.