BEDEQUE, P.E.I. - There were no tricks, just treats at George’s Island Market in Bedeque as many vendors came dressed in Spooktacular costumes while conjuring up creations for curious shoppers on Sunday afternoon.
“This is our first annual Halloween Spooktacular event and it’s been lots of fun getting ready. There’s a big crowd today, the kids are having fun, many vendors have come dressed for the occasion, and we have a pumpkin decorating station, face painting, and treats,” chimed Ashley Guergis, the co-owner of the market.
She continued, “I was looking at pictures the other day when this was still a fabric store and in desperate need of renovations, and it’s amazing to see the change that we’ve done in a very short time. Everyone is happy, it’s a buzzing scene, and we have grown from less than a handful of vendors to almost 30.”
Among those vendors is 10-year-old Ava Davis, the owner of the Salty Sandmaker.
“I started running my business from the Young Millionaires Program, and it’s a really great program,” commented Davis, while dressed as a scarecrow.
“I go to the beach every day and collect sea glass, shells, and other natural materials to create these pictures,” she motioned. “All the pictures are things you can find on the Island such as anchors, foxes, and all that kind of stuff.”
The market continues to welcome new vendors, like Gramma Jo’s that arrived on the scene in August.
“I make these items at home, so decided to venture out and sell them this year,” shared Jo-Ann Smith, the owner of Gramma Jo’s.
Smith serves sinfully delicious cakes, cookies, fudge, preserves, and other handmade creations.
But amid the usual vendors that can be found in the space, is a booth specially designated for charities and perched in the centre of the hall.
“We welcome anyone doing fundraising events – free of charge,” stated Guergis.
Visitors were encouraged to come dressed for the frightfully fun event.
George’s Island Market is open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m., year-round. For more information or vendor registration questions, contact Ashley Guergis at firstname.lastname@example.org.