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  • Celeste Smith

Merry Meridian Marketplace scheduled to take place Nov. 21

The MSU Riley Center plans to welcome vendors from across the state and local area to sell their goods at the Merry Meridian Marketplace, which is making an official return this year, after not being held last year.

This year, the Merry Meridian Marketplace anticipates more than 30 vendors from Meridian, and surrounding counties, to be selling items ranging in baked goods, jewelry, and clothes, at the event on Saturday, November 21, from 9 am to 4pm at the MSU Riley Center. Michele Thames, the market director for Merry Meridian Marketplace , shared that event coordinators hope that this event will bring local small businesses support from community shoppers, since they have been impacted by the pandemic. “It’s been kind of a tough year with COVID, because a lot of these events and markets have cancelled, and most of these vendors will order their good way back in March, and back then we had no idea we’d still be facing the issues that we’ve been facing now this the pandemic. It’s been a crazy year, shoppers want to shop, we’ve had a lot of open houses around town and this is just another very festive event that we want to provide for the community, and provide for the shoppers, and provide to our vendors as well,” said Michele Thames.

She also stated, that the Riley Center is prepared to safely hold the Merry Meridian Marketplace, while mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

“We’re very well equipped to deal with the sanitization and the enhanced cleaning. We worked all summer to prepare for our events and our performances at the Riley Center. So, this seemed like a good time to offer the local vendors, as well as some in the region, a place to distribute their goods,” said Thames. Vendors and attendees who plan to be at the Merry Meridian Marketplace, will be required to wear a facial covering when inside of the MSU Riley Center during the event on November 21.