A new farmers market space on the north side of the Square will play a major role in the upcoming Santa-Cali-Gon Days festival in Independence.
According to festival organizer Lois McDonald of the Independence Chamber of Commerce, the $3.3 million Uptown Market at 201 W. Truman Road, which is in the finishing touches of construction, will house 20 booth spaces.
“We’re really excited about the space. It is fantastic,” McDonald said. “It will seem like a marketplace from a movie.”
Many of the booths will display work from local craftsmen and artists, which has long been a popular aspect of Santa-Cali-Gon Days. This year, the festival will include more than 400 vendors, with about one-fourth dedicated to arts and crafts.
In addition to a space within the marketplace, arts and crafts vendors will also gather in the pavillion and surrounding tents.
Farmers market manager Joe Antoine confirmed that Uptown Market will open Sept. 4, the Wednesday following the completion of the Santa-Cali-Gon event.
Santa-Cali-Gon officials secured festival use of Uptown Market through a contract with the city, and organizers are leasing the property.
According to the city’s contract with the Chamber, the Chamber’s rental fee to the city will not exceed $3,500. Rent is $650 for an extended day (24 hours), $450 for a full day (8 hours) and $250 for a half day (4 hours).
Funding for the market’s construction stemmed from an interfund loan from the Water Fund, a fundraiser hosted by the Independence Rotary Club and other grants.