By Anthony Dransfeld
It seemed like everyone who was in the South Country for this Labour Day weekend all had the same idea at the same time, “Lets go to the Baynes Lake market and check it out!”
The market was packed by 9.30 a.m. and stayed that way till it ended in the early afternoon, when Doug and Doris Lyon held a sit-down lunch for all of this season’s vendors in the Baynes Lake Community Hall.
Clarence the Clown was a big hit with all of the kids, as he made animals from balloons, some very creative ones too. Clarence drives down from Kimberley for the Baynes Lake Market.
The Baynes Lake Market wrapped up their 22nd season on Labour Day Saturday. I did a walkabout of the 75 vendors and some of those really caught my eye. The book lady out of Cranbrook, great selections of paperbacks, Westerns, you name it, two bucks a book. Rocky Mountain Meats had top notch steaks. Fresh from The Fields had superb vegetables and fruits. Taber Corn, German cosmetics from the Crowsnest Pass, Air Brush Tattoos, Bootleg Mountain Soaps ,trout flies – very popular spot,) campfire tools, Mrs Palmers Pantry and Talvera Mexican pottery.
The crepe booth was very popular on Saturday, as was the brisket sandwich booth, but the biggest line was for ice lemonade. Vendor of the day would certainly be Marla of Creston who hand picked 800 ears of corn (peaches and cream) on Thursday at her parents’ farm in Creston, then drove up to Baynes Lake at 4 a.m. and set up, selling out of the back of her 67 Dodge truck until 1 p.m, then made the rounds of all the campgrounds selling ears of corn. She departed back to Creston at 6 p.m. with some of her college tuition money from her day’s work.