A recent Star editorial called for another summer festival in Nelson. But the director of the West Kootenay EcoSociety says the monthly MarketFest already fits the bill.

A recent Star editorial called for another summer festival in Nelson. But the director of the West Kootenay EcoSociety says the monthly MarketFest already fits the bill.

Nelson’s summer festival plain to see

Bob Hall is looking for Nelson’s summer festival. Perhaps the answer is right under his nose.

Re: “Summer needs one more event,” Editorial, July 13

Bob Hall is looking for Nelson’s summer festival. Perhaps the answer is right under his nose.

Three times each summer, EcoSociety closes two blocks of Baker Street, brings in 100 vendors, provides a kids’ stage, and hires performers from near and far for a family-friendly event. We strive to provide something for everyone, and admission is by donation. We do this three times over the summer to allow people to enjoy the event while minimizing disruption of business on Baker Street.

In other words, MarketFest is everything Bob seems to be missing. I hope the Star will join the many local businesses that support MarketFest to help us improve this well-established and popular event. With a little more help (and a little more coverage from our hometown paper), MarketFest can continue to grow and improve.

Finally, many volunteer and staff hours are dedicated to MarketFest along with generous support from local sponsors. Like everyone else in Nelson, I greatly appreciate all their time and support, and we look forward to the next edition of Nelson’s “Summer Festival” on July 27. Bob, I hope to see you there.

David Reid, West Kootenay Eco-Society