The Chattanooga Market will celebrate its 10th year when opening day begins this Sunday in the First Tennessee Pavilion.
There are many things that make the market unique week-to-week and year after year, including a rotation of 224 new vendors, 12 new farms, and a fresh line up of musical performers. New and old sellers at the market reserve their weekly spots as their schedules allow, which makes any given Sunday a unique experience.
Every Sunday focuses on a theme or local tie-in, and this season there will be 6 new events added to the 34 week schedule that runs through December 17, with three of the newest events taking place in the first two months.
May 22: Kids In The Kitchen
Kids In The Kitchen is an annual event sponsored by the Junior League of Chattanooga to teach children about healthy eating habits and exercise. More than 40 businesses, restaurants, local dieticians and chefs have partnered with the Junior League, Chattanooga Parent magazine and Earth Fare to put on this year’s event, which is making its market debut.
Activities include educational games, chef demonstrations, dance, yoga and pilates for kids, special performances and healthy snack ideas. The program began in 2006 in an effort to address the rapid rise of childhood obesity and the associated health issues children have due to being overweight. The League’s new cookbook, Seasoned To Taste, will be on sale during the event.
June 12: Chattanooga Green Festival
Chattanooga Green Festival will present interactive activities throughout the day to educate and raise awareness of sustainability practices and highlight green living. Topics such as water conservation, energy savings, transportation alternatives, urban forestry, community gardens, recycling, composting and much more will be be offered.
The event is a collaboration between Chattanooga’s Office of Sustainability and the Chattanooga Market. The event debuted in 2010 with 55 vendors in Coolidge Park during Outdoor Chattanooga’s annual outdoor expo and gear swap. This year organizers hope to attract even more vendors and visitors by switching the location to the Sunday market.
June 26: Chattanoggins
Chattanoggins is a head-shaving event that a local sixth grader, Jack Skowronnek, brought to Chattanooga via Chicago to raise money for kids with cancer.
Anyone interested in having their head shaved at the Chattanooga Market can sign up online. Like a walk-a-thon, shavees register then get friends and family to donate money in support of their participation.
All of the shaving will be done by one of the 8-10 licensed salons who are volunteering. Organizers said they will all be using a standard set of clippers set on the first setting to give a basic buzz cut. There will be no razors or shaving creme involved. All money raised goes to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of the Children’s Hospital of Erlanger, formerly T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital.
This fall will see three more new events at the market including Harvest Festival on September 11, Celebrating Girl Scouts on October 9 and The Chattanooga Chili competition on November 20. The chili contest is a returning event, but this year’s will be much different and invite broader participation, organizers said.
In 2010, Chattanooga Market contributed in raising over $200,000 for local non-profits through the special event days.
“It’s our constant mission to give back to our community and provide a platform for our non-profit partners to increase awareness,” the organization said in a press release.