The VJSL Merry Marketplace is November 18-19, 2017 at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center.
Early Bird Shopping: 8:00-10:00am
Regular Shopping: 10:00am-5:30pm
Character Breakfast: Seatings at 9:00am and 10:00am
Regular Shopping: 12:00-5:00pm
*military free admission with ID
Santa's Workshop: 2:00-4:00
On the weekend before Thanksgiving, VJSL’s Merry Marketplace takes over the James H. Rainwater conference center and welcomes local vendors and merchants from across the south east for the annual shopping extravaganza. Merry Marketplace has been a holiday tradition in our community for 42 years. This year, the event was presented by Astro Extermination and had some of the highest attendance numbers to date. Thanks to CJB Industries, our Early Bird shoppers were treated to a light breakfast and coffee while they shopped before the crowds. They were also entered to win a Yeti prize pack from T3 Outdoors. The Children’s Character Breakfast, which was presented by Brookfield Academy & Winnersville Elite Cheer & Dance was a sold out affair with more characters than ever before! Santa’s Workshop was added this year for older kids and it was made possible by CBC Bank. Children ages 5 and up included a craft station, Christmas karaoke, Santa limbo, and a Winter Wonderland photo both. Participants enjoyed cookies, hot cocoa and a story read by Mrs. Claus!
This year’s event featured over 100 vendors, including everything from boutique apparel and home décor to gourmet goodies and much, much more. Merry Marketplace continues to be the league’s largest fundraising event with the funds going back into the community through various projects and annual commitments to nonprofit organizations in and around Lowndes County.
We look forward to the 2017 Merry Marketplace on November 18-19 at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center!
2017 Merry Marketplace Chairmen: Jennifer Luckey and Val LaHood