Kids Makers Market returns to Stearns Park 

Published 2:18 pm Monday, July 1, 2024

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COLUMBUS—The Kids Makers Market returned to Stearns Park on Saturday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, embracing a vibrant Summerfest theme. The event served as a platform for budding entrepreneurs aged 7-17 to exhibit and sell their handcrafted wares, sparking creativity and commerce among young talents. 

More than just a market, the Kids Makers Market treated attendees to an array of lively activities, including games, cotton candy, and snow cones. The young participants poured their innovative spirit into their business endeavors with colorful and imaginative table displays. Creativity soared as kids showcased their handmade items, vying for recognition through awards for the brightest table and the most creative handmade product. 

According to Parks and Rec. Executive Director Laura Baird, the market aimed to instill confidence and unleash creativity in children while providing a platform for them to earn money and develop essential social skills. The market featured a delightful array of offerings from the young vendors. 

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From Atticus Timol’s “feeling bottles,” designed to shake away the blues, to Evan Baird’s whimsical balloon animals and Noah Gutierrez’s assortment of bracelets, the event truly exemplified the youthful spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship. 

Other notable young entrepreneurs included Jacob, Silas, Addie, and Grayson Thiry with their wooden stools and metal birdhouses, Ellis Miller with an array of soaps in various designs and colors, and Chloe Wilson, who delighted visitors with the popular Argentinian steak sauce, Chimichurri. 

The event also included the talents of Whitney Smith with her various crocheted items, Bristol Bailey’s striking wooden American flags, and Hattie and Mary Kathryn Miller’s hand-drawn paper dolls and greeting cards. 

Showcasing both creativity and kindness, Ava Racelis dedicated her proceeds to the Foothills Humane Society through her innovatively designed bags. 

The wide range of creative products also featured Brantley Carter’s Kool Creations, Isabel Greene’s elegant bracelets, and the collective effort of Hazel Wehrstein, Avery, and Andrew Haynes, who also hosted their own captivating tables. 

The Kids Makers Market truly provided a vibrant platform for young entrepreneurs to showcase their ingenuity while embodying the spirit of creativity, enterprise, and community.