Valley artisans who want to display their wares at this year’s Bay Day in Barry’s Bay must book a spot no later than Monday April 15. Marcia Rutledge is the Business Improvement Area’s (BIA) co-chairperson along with Ted Williamson for the annual Bay Day event which this year take place on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As previously reported by The Current, the BIA is expanding the event to incorporate a greater range of interests this year.
Artisans need to return an application form to Rutledge or Williamson. You can drop off the form in person at either The Barry’s Bay Dental Hygiene Clinic or Barry’s Bay Stedmans V&S Store. Both businesses are along Opeongo Line (Hwy 60) in downtown Barry’s Bay. Click HERE for application form. Rutledge said that because the BIA is providing artisan spaces on a trial basis this year, they will accept a vendor donation to BIA funds instead of charging a set table fee.
Bay Day 2019 will feature family-friendly options such as a Bouncy Castle, Happy Valley face painting, Balloons Beyond Belief. New this year is a Kidz Biz event aimed at helping youth entrepreneurs. Kidz Biz will be coordinated by Northern Credit Union delegate Travis Richards. The Madawaska Valley Fire Department will be on hand with fire safety information and lots of giveaways for children. As in the past, Bay Day will be the first day of the Barry’s Bay Farmers’ Market season so shoppers can buy local fresh produce and handmade goods. They can browse the sidewalk sales from BIA merchants and enjoy any in-store special offers. Visitors can sample kettle corn and take in an expanded Vintage Car Show, while being entertained by the Fran Band. For more information about Bay Day follow the Barry’s Bay BIA Facebook page.
Shown above: Farmers Market vendors MaLu (Maya and Lucas Rosandic) with customers at 2018 Bay Day