The crown jewel of craft fairs the Medieval Market is this weekend

The crown jewel of craft fairs the Medieval Market is this weekend

The Medieval Market returns this weekend with scores of vendors and live music.

Lakecity cultural touchstone and the crown jewel of craft fairs the Medieval Market returns this weekend with scores of vendors and live music.

Retired School District 27 teacher and long-time Medieval Market organizer Christie Mayall sat down with the Tribune to give an overview of this year’s market. While Mayall has since moved to Smithers, she still has come back to help run the market with her old friend Kim Nowotny, as she has for close to two decades.

A mainstay of the town of some 30 years, this year’s Medieval Market will be taking place, as usual, in Lake City Secondary’s Williams Lake Campus. On Nov. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the high school will be transformed into a renaissance fair like no other, taking up the entirety of the building.

According to Mayall, the market has passed through many hands over the years, first starting as a fundraiser for the library before eventually coming under her and Nowotny’s charge. Students and teachers alike help work the market and get to decide what programs the funds go towards.

“I saw an opportunity to run it as an entire fundraiser for the school, so that’s what we’ve been doing for the last 18 years or so. High school students work at the market, they earn money for whatever program they want to put the money towards be it rugby, basketball, soccer, field trips, dry grad anything,” Mayall explained.

This model has seen great success as Mayall said when she took over the market was down to around 25 vendors, whereas for this upcoming fair they have over 90 vendors coming from all around the Cariboo and the Lower Mainland.

Read More: Vendors recall almost 30 years of Medieval Markets

“It’s a really fun event, really high quality, everything you buy at the Medieval Market is handmade by the artisans who are there,” Mayall said.

“We’re super stoked about it this year.”

For highlight vendors, Mayall said Wanderlust and Faeriedust will be there doing “silkscreen printing” on clothing while selling their own handmade felt clothes. Woodworker James Steidle will also be there offering a range of fine woodworking products including some truly exquisite paddles, Mayall said.

There will also be a lot of returning favourites including chocolate, scented soaps and plenty of produce that Mayall said, “you can stock up for the winter” on. Fine artists, photographers, potters, quilters and jewellers will also be out in force, according to Mayall, with her not wanting to name anyone specific, for fear of leaving anyone out.

In addition to the great number of vendors, of which almost half are completely new to the market, there will be live music on two stages throughout the event provided by a mix of students and adult performers.

When asked why the medieval theme, Mayall confessed with a laugh she didn’t know why it had been chosen originally. When she took over she chose to simply keep the theme as it worked well.

“People really like it and they get involved. So the vendors build their booths to look like castles, they dress up in medieval clothing some will look like lords and ladies and some will look like peasants,” Mayall said.

Admission on Saturday, for the entire weekend, is $5 while on Sunday the price of admission is $3. While Mayall admits this can seem like a lot, she stresses that all proceeds go right to students so you can rest assured it’s being used for a good cause. Many people come simply to take in the music and ambience and she said that there is also a concession available.

“It’s a great time to get together with friends. We actually get about 3,500 people through the door and so you’ll run into a ton of people you haven’t seen all year, it’s just a really good time all around,” Mayall said.

Read More: Cowboy Christmas back and better than ever after year hiatus

While she may no longer be a resident, Mayall said over the last few years she’s seen a real push in Williams Lake to bring people together to form a community, especially in the downtown. To her, craft fairs like the Medieval Market and the others happening this weekend help do this and said that she feels that people should go out and support every one of them.

“Get out, buy local, shop local and support your friends and neighbours,” Mayall said.



patrick.davies@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Amanda Parsons, a registered nurse on staff at the Northwood Care facility, administers a dose of the Moderna vaccine to Ann Hicks, 77, in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-Pool
61 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

Twenty-nine people are in hospital, seven of whom are in intensive care

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb gives a COVID-19 update through a Facebook post Tuesday, Jan. 19. (Facebook image)
Williams Lake mayor urges residents to follow protocols as city awaits COVID-19 numbers

Isolation ‘means not leaving your home or other accommodations’: Mayor Walt Cobb

Williams Lake is beginning to freeze over and with temperatures expected to remain below zero beginning Tuesday evening the ice may get thick enough for residents to recreate. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake could freeze enough for outdoor recreation activities

Overnight lows anticipated to dip below -13C beginning Wednesday

Robert Dale Stanton of Clinton was last heard from on Jan. 9, and police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating him. (Photo credit: RCMP)
Police ask for help in locating missing Clinton man

Robert Dale Stanton was last heard from on Jan. 9 and is believed to be in the Clinton/70 Mile area

Syringe is prepared with one of B.C.’s first vials of Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19, Victoria, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 caseload stays steady with 465 more Tuesday

No new outbreaks in health care facilities, 12 more deaths

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Chilliwack ER doctor Marc Greidanus is featured in a video, published Jan. 18, 2021, where he demonstrates and describes effectiveness of various styles of masks. (Youtube)
VIDEO: Emergency room doctor runs through pros and cons of various masks

‘We’ve been asked to wear a mask and it’s not that hard,’ Greidanus says.

(Pixabay photo)
VIDEO: Tip to Metro Vancouver transit police helps woman 4,000 km away in Ohio

Sgt. Clint Hampton says transit police were alerted to a YouTube video of the woman in mental distress

A woman types on her laptop in Miami in a Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, photo illustration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Wilfredo Lee
British Columbia government lax on cybersecurity practices, auditor reports

The audit did not highlight a specific threat, but it found breaches in cybersecurity are increasing globally

Cranbrook Food Bank coordinator Deanna Kemperman, Potluck Cafe Society executive director Naved Noorani and Sunshine Coast Community Services Society executive director Catherine Leach join B.C.’s new Municipal Affairs Minister Josie Osborne on a video call about B.C. gaming grants, Jan. 19, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. gaming grants reorganized for COVID-19 priorities

Minister highlights community kitchens, food banks

(Pixabay photo)
‘Cocaine bananas’ arrive at Kelowna grocery stores after mix up from Colombia: RCMP

Kelowna RCMP recently concluded an international drug investigation after finding cocaine in local grocers’ banana shipments in 2019

A new video from NCCIH and BC Northern Health titled ‘Healing in Pandemic Times: Indigenous Peoples, Stigma and COVID-19’ was animated by Joanne Gervais. (Photo Provided By: NCCIH Archives)
VIDEO: Stigma against Indigenous people is a ‘social sickness’

A new short animated video is aiming to educate the public on the stigmatization

A pinniped was attacked by an unseen predator off the shores of Dallas Road Monday night. (Courtesy of Steffani Cameron)
VIDEO: Seal hunting, not being hunted in video shot off Victoria waterfront

Victoria woman captures footage of pinniped activity off Dallas Road

Most Read