By Heather Cameron
Westwind Weekly News
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The 3rd annual Christmas Market is happening in Raymond, on December 9 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Raymond Junior High School gymnasium.
Raymond local Neechel Lowry says he and his sisters, Janna McKee and Shayla Anderson, organized the market and it is a business they created. Admission, Lowry says, is $1 per person and kids under 12 are free.
“We love markets and bringing the community together and love that we get to do it with each other,” Lowry said. “My sisters and I are so grateful we get to work together and with so many wonderful vendors. We love throwing these markets and events and think it’s a great addition to the town.”
Lowry says there will be 50 vendors at the market and will include everything from tattoos, cotton candy, baked goods, lollipops, homemade bath soaps, jewelry, authors, homemade crafts, and more. Lowry says that the market will also be giving away free hot chocolate and Santa will also be there for pictures.
“We throw several different markets throughout the year as well,” Lowry said. “We love that it gives vendors a chance to sell their products and get their name out to the community.
Lowry says that the profits from the markets they throw go towards their events and markets, namely things including renting the spaces, buying decorations, buying food, and paying for entertainment.
“I think it’s helped the community come together and enjoy the holiday season by supporting those in our community who sell their stuff at our markets,” Lowry said. “The community has supported us tremendously! We’re so thankful for each person who shows up and supports us and our vendors.”