Saluda tailgate market gets go-ahead for 2011

Published 5:10 pm Friday, November 12, 2010

After encountering some issues in its first year with conflicting times and places for school bus drop-offs, the Saluda Tailgate Market reported positive results for this past season.

The Saluda Business Association sponsored outdoor market is held every Friday during about six months of the year at the city-owned parking lot off Main Street.

Saluda Business Associations Shelly DeKay reviewed this years event during Mondays Saluda City Council meeting. Commissioners gave their support of the market, thanked the business association for what they said is an asset to the city and gave the business association approval to begin planning for the market in 2011.

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DeKay said the market started a website this year at This year 49 different growers from Polk and Henderson counties participated in the market.

The market this year saw a total of 385 vendor visits, with an average of 15 vendors per week.

The market was organized and run by volunteers who totaled more than 500 hours of volunteer work. DeKay said at least six people volunteered every week. One volunteer Nora Parks Anderson was recognized on Monday for her dedication to the tailgate market. Local businesses gave Anderson gift baskets in appreciation for her work.

The tailgate market initially encountered problems because the parking lot was also used for school buses to drop off students. The issues were resolved prior to this years event, however, by pushing the tailgate market time later in the day.