The 34th Annual Brick Street Market is just around the corner.
The market will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11. A highlight this year include all-local live entertainment throughout the day, changes to the children's area, and a food court in The Friendly parking lot, in addition to vendors by the stage, and local restaurants that will be open for business or set up in booths.
The market will also feature more than 100 arts, craft, vintage and antique dealers, as well as a variety of food vendors, all selling their wares on Zionsville's Brick Street. (A listing of this year's vendors appears on A10 of today's Times Sentinel.)
The market will offer a kids area with Silly Safari's and a mural project. Downtown shops will be open for business as well. In addition to parking around the downtown area and at the nearby Lions Park, free parking also will be available at Zionsville Town Hall, where a shuttle will provide transportation to The Village throughout the day.
Of course, the selection of vendors is one of the main attractions of the annual event.
"A lot of the vendors people know and love will be here, and there are some new vendors, too," Zionsville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lin Moormann said.
By the time market-goers arrive in The Village, dozens of volunteers will have already been on the scene, helping vendors set up their booths and making other preparations for the day.
Moorman said nearly 70 people — members of the Lions Club, chamber members, student athletes, and others — will help set up and tear down the market and make sure things run smoothly for vendors and visitors throughout the day.
There will be a lot for them to do.
Volunteers will help vendors find their spots, set up their awnings, get hooked up to electricity and direct vendors to Zionsville Community High School where they can park their vehicles and ride a shuttle back to The Village.
"We have had a lot of vendors say they appreciate that," Mooremann said.
Once the event is underway, volunteers monitor the trash cans and take care of vendor needs until tear down.
Moormann said volunteers have been organized in morning and afternoon shifts, with block captains helping to keep efforts organized.
When the market ends at 5 p.m., Moormann said the team of volunteers will help the vendors with tear down — a task that needs to be completed in an hour so that Main Street can reopen at 6 p.m. that evening.
The market attracts visitors from all over the area, with annual attendance estimated at about 5,000 in past years.
Moormann said organizers are working to spread word of the event into the Indianapolis area, so that it can become one of the spring markets people from outside the area look forward to each year.
"We'd love to be on everyone's calendar, every year," Moormann said.