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Market Days coming to Refugio

By JR Ortega
Nov. 16, 2010 at 5:16 a.m.

Lenny Anzaldua

Lenny Anzaldua

REFUGIO - At first, Stan Thomas had been excited about using his new kettle corn maker, but now that he has a place to use the maker, that excitement has grown.

Thomas, from Bayside, plans to be a vendor at Refugio's Market Days, which kicks off for the first time Saturday.

"From what I saw in Goliad, it was certainly a great deal," Thomas said. "Refugio needs something. It's so slow there."

Anywhere from 20 to 30 vendors selling art, foods and other items are signed up for Saturday, said Lenny Anzaldua, chamber of commerce president.

Some jewelry and items for the holidays will also be available, he said.

Something similar to market days, called a pachanga, used to be held several years ago, but interest was lost for some reason, he said.

"Outside people's money is good for the community," Anzaldua said.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6290 will be running market days, he added.

The post will receive all the proceeds, and all the tax revenues are a bonus for the city and county.

"We're not trying to make a million. We're just trying to provide a venue for the locals to generate revenue," Anzaldua said.

The plan is to run the market days the third Saturday of each month for the next year to see how things pan out, he said.

Thomas hopes the event will be there to stay for his kettle corn business, Snack Attack.

"I think this market days would be wonderful," Thomas said. "It's a great boost for the economy."

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