FILE - Dennis Moffat smiles during the Red Deer public market in the Servus Arena parking lot on Oct. 10, 2020. (File photo by Advocate staff)

FILE - Dennis Moffat smiles during the Red Deer public market in the Servus Arena parking lot on Oct. 10, 2020. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Saturday market in Red Deer opens May 22

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Servus Arena parking lot

Red Deer Public Market will return for its 51st year this Saturday.

Dennis Moffat, who has retired from running the market but is still helping out, said the same COVID-19 rules will be in place for the upcoming season which helped to make the 2020 market successful in preventing the spread of COVID.

“Last year we never had one case that was traced back to the market. That makes me feel good,” Moffat said.

The market will be open for customers from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday from May 22 to Oct. 9 at the Servus Arena parking lot, at 4725 43 Ave.

People will be asked to wear masks and adhere to the two-metre distancing rule. Volunteers will be walking around to remind visitors of the rules.

The market will once again have one entrance near the big, red ‘Red Deer’ sign near the pedestrian crossing. The exit will be located by the west road across from the tennis dome.


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Moffat said by now everyone should be used to follow the rules.

“Whenever they go into a store they know they have to wear a mask. Keep smiling and try to make it as good a year as possible.

“Hopefully more and more people will be getting their second vaccine shot. That second shot makes you feel better.”


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He said the most recent weather forecast called for clear skies on opening day, but even if it rains people will still come to the market, albeit a shorter visit. Strolling through the open-air, Saturday market has become a local tradition, where it’s also popular to grab breakfast.

Prior to the pandemic, the market would bring in between 10,000 and 15,000 people.

Attendance was initially down at the start of the 2020 season, but Moffat expected it will be busy by July.

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