The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® used an NAR Placemaking Grant to help ensure a successful inaugural farmers’ market in Coal City. The $1,200 micro grant covered the costs of professional tents which housed the vendors for the market.
Five REALTORS® participated in the ribbon cutting and volunteered on opening day, July 16: Jim Sim (Three Rivers President), Mike Onorato (Illinois Director and past Three Rivers President), Lori Bonarek and Jim Ludes (Three Rivers Board Members) and Beth Stopka (Three Rivers Governmental Affairs Committee Member).
Nine vendors used the tents purchased with the micro grant, and because of the huge turnout from the community many of the vendors had to call in more stock before the day was through.
“It was an event which absolutely transformed Campbell Memorial Park,” said Gideon Blustein, local Governmental Affairs Director. “Residents came together, bought local healthy products, enjoyed performances from local entertainers and took pride in their community. The event received local press and REALTOR® participation was noted.”