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Biz Buzz: Marketplace Show starts Friday

It’s that time again. The Brainerd Lakes Marketplace show, the annual spring event, will open its doors to the public from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Brainerd Area Civic Center.

As it did last year, this event is designed to evoke an outdoor market with a park-like setting under the roof with ice-free walking area. Inside there will be a host of vendors to show the diverse business offerings within the community, food, music, and live demonstrations, door prizes. About 130 booths are expected. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber reports the event attracts more than 5,000 people and raises funds for the chamber. A limited event, with 400 tickets sold, is part of the Friday night Party in the Park, which includes live music.

The Marketplace show includes presentations such as a Friday morning session on Medicare and how it works when care is needed in a person’s home. Other Friday presentations include information about the Kids Against Hunger mission, or learn about the artform of rosemaling, or learn about real estate trends.

Chef demonstrations Friday afternoon include Prairie Bay Grill and Catering, and a Cub Foods demo on how to prepare a pizza. Saturday morning demonstrations include rapid recovery from total joint replacement by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, a technology show-and-tell from Phil Seibel from the Brainerd Dispatch and more about the May 3 disc golf fundraiser with the Boy Scouts. A final center state presentation Saturday is planned on the advancements to area bike trails.

This year’s premier event sponsor is Essentia Health.

Admission is $3 per adult or $5 for two adults. Those age 17 and younger may attend for free. Tickets are available at any office of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber or at the door.

Paid attendance comes with a chance to be entered into a prize drawing. The grand door prize comes with a flight plan. Two roundtrip tickets from SkyWest will cover the trip from the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

People don’t have to be present to win the grand prize but do need to be on hand for the other prizes. Drawings are at the top of the hour starting at 10 a.m. Friday. The last drawing is 2 p.m. Saturday.

This year Seth Doud will perform at the Party in the Park event Friday night at the Marketplace show. This special after-hours event is open to the public from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Six area chefs will provide food samples. Three local companies are providing drink samples. Participating food vendors are Black Bear Lodge and Saloon, Boomer Pizza, Cub Foods, Iven’s on the Bay, Maucieri’s Italian Bistro and Prairie Bay Grill & Catering. The participating drink vendors are Cash Wise Liquor, Jack Pine Brewery and Prairie Bay Grill & Catering.

Single tickets for the Party in the Park event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, including a list of vendors and a floor plan, go online to Anticipated booth vendors include Destiny Cruises, which will be plying the waters of Gull Lake, and every subject matter in between alpacas, books, education, senior living, investments, retailers, health care, recreation, real estate, technology, major area employers along with mini doughnuts and kettle corn, to Costco and Sam’s Club.

Signature sponsors of the event are Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Lakewood Health System, DE Media-Dispatch and Echo and Radco.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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