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Last market of the year

Sunday is season finale for popular Ladner Village event

This Sunday will mark the last Ladner Village Market of 2011.

"It's been a great season," says Tracey McKnight, one of the market co-ordinators.

She says while last year had a few rainy dates the weather has cooperated for all of the markets this season.

"Even in June when it was it was kind of iffy weather on those Sundays, it just cleared up beautifully," says McKnight.

The market's season started in June and ran on alternating Sundays.

There will be over 160 booths at the final market of the season, she says, adding the vendors have been very supportive of the event.

"They've become like family as we see them returning each year. It's nice. We enjoy interacting with them and always seeing what's new in their repertoire of items," says McKnight.

"We've had lots of new vendors coming into our market," she says. "It just gives a newness to the market, which is very important because so many of the people who attend the market have been coming for many years."

This market season has also seen the arrival of new musical acts and the addition of street entertainment like face painting and balloon animals as well as performances from a flautist and an illusionist.

"They've been great additions for the young and the young at heart."

The market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along 48th Avenue, from Elliott to Delta streets.

Mojo Zydeco, who will be bringing their brand of music to Ladner Village for the second time this season, will perform Sunday.

The market features a range of vendors, as well as local Ladner Village merchants who take part, and is billed as the largest open-air market in Western Canada.

Visit www.ladnervillagemarket.com for more details.

dwillis@delta-optimist.com