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Downtown Lethbridge farmers’ market opens July 3

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A very popular downtown event will get going again soon.

The downtown Lethbridge Farmers’ Market returns July 3rd and will be held every Wednesday until September 4th.

Mike Warkentin with Exhibition Park says this market has grown each year and has become a mainstay along Festival Square. “As downtown Lethbridge grows and as it becomes more of an urban setting, this is going to be a key piece for us to grow this event.”

The downtown market started shortly after the old downtown IGA store closed a number of years back. It’s helped fill a void during the summer months with no grocery story in the area.

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As of now, there are several returning vendors this year as well as some new ones, with space still available foe few more.

Downtown BRZ Executive Director, Ted Stilson says they’re proud to have this long-standing partnership with Exhibition Park. “Besides the popular Wednesday market and other downtown events, infrastructure improvements are scheduled to start along 3rd Avenue South next year.”

He also noted the Clean and Safe Strategy along with the new Watch program are making a big difference downtown. Stilson also says Festival Square, on 6th Street South, is designed to go right down the block so there’s plenty of room for this market to keep growing.

Over 700 people attend the downtown market on average each Wednesday during the summer.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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