Market seeks vendors and musicians for 2016 season

The Market on Darlington Square 2016 season begins Saturday, May 7, and the committee is looking for more great vendors and musicians for its sixth year of operation.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Square on Main Street in Darlington on the FIRST Saturday of the month, May through October. There will be no event in July due to the holiday. The open-air monthly market is a partnership between Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association, the City of Darlington and a dedicated group of volunteers that began in 2011.

Vendor spaces are $25 with discounts available for nonprofit organizations. Farmers and children are allowed spaces at no charge. A season pass is available at a discount for vendors who want to attend all five events.

Restaurants can sponsor a table to give folks a taste of their specialties, and any business can set up a booth to distribute brochures, flyers, or promotional items to help advertise and connect with the community. Churches, civic clubs, and school groups are welcome to raise funds with cook book and bake sales or simply display the good work they are doing.
Farmers, gardeners, and anyone selling plants, farm-related products, or produce can set up at no charge.

“The Market on Darlington Square is about getting back to our roots, both agriculturally with the farmers and produce but also on another level simply celebrating small town life,” says Lisa Chalian-Rock, chair of the Market committee. “It’s great to see how many people catch up with friends and neighbors, listen to some music, and enjoy a Saturday morning together as a community at these events.”

Musicians who would like to perform at the Market will have a two-hour time slot this year, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Musicians can be individuals or groups, including school or church groups. Music should be family-friendly. They are asked to submit a photo for press release use. Confirmation of dates and times for musicians will be sent out by March 31 for those who have submitted by March 15.

Vendors and musicians who would like to participate can call Ms. Rock at (843) 398-400 x103 or email for registration forms. They can also be downloaded from the City website, under Attractions/Local Activities.
Each month, the Market also holds a featured event. In May, the Pet Parade will raise funds for the Darlington County Humane Society. In June, the Market serves as a stop on the S.C. Ag + Art Tour. In August, bring the kids for a community picnic and watermelon contests. In September, celebrate Race Week with a free children’s sidewalk chalk art contest. Then, in October, come taste and choose the best chili around at the Showdown at the Square Chili Cook-Off. If your nonprofit would like to be featured at the Market, please contact Ms. Rock.
The Market on Darlington Square also has a Facebook page that can be found at

Author: Jana Pye

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