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Noise dispute led to move of Wednesday markets
The Wednesday evening Market on Main was moved to Town Square at the site of the longstanding Saturday market because of a noise dispute and not because of poor attendance.
That’s the explanation offered by Janis St. Louis, chair of Market on Main’s board, after the market abruptly moved its Wednesday evening location last week.
Saturday morning farmers’ markets at Town Square next to the town offices have been well attended, but the market was finding it a struggle to attract visitors to its Wednesday location at Gyro Park, despite providing live entertainment.
That live entertainment is what led to a conflict with the Osoyoos Beach Volleyball League, which this year has brought in a powerful sound system to play recorded music.
“It was a noise conflict,” said St. Louis. “When they started turning up the volume so loud that our vendors couldn’t hear themselves think, and there was sort of a little bit of crossfire going on, so we decided to take the high road and hold our market up there (at Town Square).”
The market began operating on Wednesday evenings and featuring live entertainment in the summer of 2013, but St. Louis said there were no noise conflicts last year. She said she approached the beach volleyball organizers last year about running the two on the same night and they had no problem.
“They had it (recorded music), but they didn’t have it amplified to the same amount,” she said. “They have a PA system now and they’re announcing games so they’ve grown as well.”
Last Wednesday’s market was supposed to have been at Town Square, despite a notice sent to the Osoyoos Times suggesting the new location would start July 30. Nonetheless, the market was cancelled due to a thunderstorm.
Saturday’s market at Town Square was busy as usual.