River Town Days seeking participants for marketplace

Published 4:13 pm Tuesday, February 4, 2020

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Calling all vendors, businesses and craftsmen!

Bainbridge’s annual River Town Days Festival committee is seeking out both commercial businesses and artisan craftsmen to join the marketplace at this year’s festival that will honor Southern talent, folklore, artistry and originality.

The committee has rebranded the festival entirely and plans to promote River Town Days as a local event that provides family-friendly community entertainment, but also provides a “first date with Bainbridge” for non-locals.

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Part of this rebranding offers a marketplace, where premiere vendors can sell their goods or art pieces.

Anna Kinchen, communications and events coordinator, realizes that most successful businesses that have a brick and mortar location do not see themselves selling merchandise or products from under a tent at the river, but that does not mean consumers eager to buy will not be there. Kinchen would love to see the marketplace really showcase what Bainbridge has to offer. The marketplace currently has more vendors from outside of Bainbridge selling products than the community does at the festival and she wants to change that.

The committee expects the festival to draw a huge crowd, just as it did last year. They have several entertainment options that they believe will bring in guests from Dothan, Tallahassee and surrounding areas.

Saturday, March 14 will feature a variety of activities. The day will begin with Lift Gym’s McKenzie Conder and staff offering free yoga on the river at 9 a.m. Following a Zen beginning to the morning, kids can then participate in a canoe race, bike race or 5K, while parents sign up for the ultimate corn hole competition. Throughout the day, food vendors will be set up and offering treats, along with that rides will be available for kids to enjoy. Visitors can also purchase River Town Days merchandise that will feature this year’s animal of the year, the alligator.

As the sun sets on the day several musical performances will hit the stage before introducing the headliner; Uncle Kracker The musician has several number one hits, and has done a duet with country music legend, Kenny Chesney. He is sure to draw in country fans, along with adult contemporary music fans and everything in between.

Sunday, March 15, Swamp Gravy will perform at 2:30 and give all attendees a story that will appeal to the masses.

With all the activities, businesses are sure to see a steady flow of traffic. Those interested in selling local crafts or artisan goods, along with any businesses interested can register as a vendor at rivertowndays.com by Friday, February 7, 2020 or contact Anna Kinchen at the Chamber of Commerce at 229-246-4774.