By Jule Hooker
2014 marks the eighth summer of silliness for the Park Silly Sunday Market. Back in 2007, local entrepreneur Kimberly Kuehn created a mission to establish “an eco friendly open air market, street festival and community forum where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate our community of fun and funky Park Sillians.”
Kuehn’s vision for a Park Silly Sunday was contagious. The Park Silly Sunday Market hosts approximately 135,000 guests over the summer. And each year it gets a little sillier and bigger.
Artist vendors also change weekly. Kate Boyd, Director of Operations, explains, “Now, vendors are required to share their history and explain where they are from and what inspired them to become an artist.” Traditionally, the Park Silly Market has given booth space to nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations will be featured on “Community Alley” on 7th Street this year.
This summer, guests can look forward to amazing artists and chefs, along with the farmer’s market and fun kids’ activities. This year there will be more bands providing music and entertainment. Featuring locally produced brews and mixers, the Bloody Mary Bar and Beer Gardens, are popular hangouts, too.
From the beginning, the Park Silly Market has done its best to be Zero Waste. To coincide with Summit County’s recycling efforts, Park Silly Market will have more co-mingled bins. In an effort to promote less driving, on June 8th, the opening market’s campaign will be “Bike, Bus, or Walk.”
Under Kuehn’s direction, a consulting firm Silly Market, LLC was created. Currently, the firm is directing the Summit County Fair. Get silly each Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm from June 8th – September 21st at this year’s Park Silly Sunday Market.