People looking to shop local will have their pick of products Saturday when the Westside Flea starts its third year at North Olmsted Community Park.
The free flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and July 20, Aug. 10 and Sept. 21 at North Olmsted Community Park, 28114 Lorain Road, The Flea started in Westlake, but it moved to North Olmsted in 2017.
“The June event is the first flea of our fifth season,” said co-founder Cathy Van Schoor. “...There’s something for everyone.”
Van Schoor said the Flea will again ask attendees to bring nonperishable food items. This Saturday’s donations will go to the North Olmsted Oxcart Food Pantry.
Another fun event cited by Van Schoor will be a vendor raffle. Each vendor donates an item valued at $10 or more. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. People can match the number on the vendor’s booth for the raffle with the number on their raffle ticket and the vendor will give them the prize. Proceeds from the raffle will pay for a wheelchair-accessible swing for North Olmsted Community Park.
“We are excited to start the season and bring you a collection of talented, creative vendors,” she said.
The flea market emphasizes local vendors and products, organizers said. It has a little bit of everything, including handmade jewelry, estate sale finds and home décor. Visitors also will find free yoga sessions in the morning at the park gazebo, live music throughout the day, free balloon art from The Magic Man, face painting, a kids game area and alpacas from Gaelic Glen Alpacas in Perrysville for animal lovers to meet. The event is dog friendly, but the dogs must be on a leash. The farmers market will also return, Van Schoor said.
North Olmsted Recreation Commissioner Betsy Drenski said the West Side Flea has been a popular addition to the events held in the park.
“They’re very popular with people,” Drenski said “We had people wanting to know if it would be back again, so we’re glad it will be here again.”
Drenski said the Flea fits in with what the city wants in the park.
“It’s a family-friendly event with a lot of different activities that people can enjoy,” she said. “It also brings a lot of people out to the park itself and gives us a chance to show people as a city what a nice place the park is to come to.”
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