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Shelby Market and Music is returning to City Park starting on Thursday, July 11! The market will be open to shoppers starting at 4 p.m., with music getting underway at 5:30 p.m. The market will be open until 6 p.m. but the music will continue until approximately 7. 

In years past the market has featured a variety of vendors selling everything from homemade rolls to fresh garden veggies to jewelry, crafts and other home goods, and a fantastic line-up of local musicians. Community Development director Lorette Carter has been in charge of the scheduling the musicians since adding the music part to the market and is in search for more local talent.

“I am really in need of musicians, as I have several weeks to fill,” said Carter. “The music is starting at 5:30 this year, in hopes of catching the market goers. If someone would like to perform, please call me at City Hall, 434-5222.”

The market wouldn’t exist without vendors and the more the merrier. Marian Sharples is the new market manager this year and she is hoping to offer market shoppers a fantastic variety of options. 

“I decided to get involved with the market because I felt like it was a great way to get involved in the community,” said Sharples. “I’m new to Shelby and this opportunity seemed like a great way to not only meet new people, but to also bring ideas to the table so we can continue to provide the community with an event that they look forward to every summer.”

Sharples feels the market has the potential to bring the entire community together to support local farmers and artisans, while giving the residents access to fresh produce at a reasonable cost.

“It’s also a great way to get outside to enjoy a Montana summer with friends and family,” she concluded.

The market will run from July 11 through Sept. 26, from 4-6 p.m., with live music starting at 5:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in being a vendor at the market can contact Sharples at (609) 922-4085, Kim Woodring at (406) 229-0511, or Lorette Carter at (406) 450-4067. Vendors are required to complete a short registration form and pay a registration fee the day of the market. Vendors interested in selling baked goods must refer to the Montana Cottage Food Program guidelines.

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