IMPERIAL –Â Green kettle corn was on display as Imperial celebrated St. Patrickâ€™s Day during its monthly Imperial Market Days. The festivities kicked off Friday night with vendors lining the streets of downtown Imperial selling handcrafted items, produce, and products local to Imperial Valley.
This â€œSt. Patrickâ€™s Classicâ€ took place from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and featured the Sunrunners Cruise & Show as well as music from Nick Wells & the Big Bad Wolf band. The large crowd of Imperial Valley residents roamed through a display of unique and renovated cars, and explored the local vendor options while listening to the upbeat, live band. Â Â Â Â
A few new vendors were present at this month’s market, such as G&G Creations, which is a new business that features bath and body essentials handcrafted by Jillian Gunn of El Centro and Stephanie Garcia of Imperial. Friends for 15 years, Gunn and Garcia each possess a love and passion for handcrafted, natural items. The two friends and mothers started separate businesses before deciding to combine their talents, creating G&G Creations. Â The business offers homemade soaps, bath bombs, bubble bars, as well as body butter. Â
â€œOur soaps are made out of oils and lime, skin clays, and all natural products,â€ Gunn said. â€œWe craft each item by hand.â€
â€œIt was already a hobby that we both loved,â€ Gunn further explained. Â â€œThis is something weâ€™re very passionate about and love doing.â€
This was the second time Gunn & Garcia had a booth at Imperial Market Days; they plan to attend more as they currently sell their products exclusively at local markets and through Facebook, they said. They may be found atÂ www.facebook.com/ggcreations17. Â
Imperial Valley Collegeâ€™s Ag Club also sponsored a booth to promote and raise awareness of the Agriculture Club at Imperial Valley College. Tyler Davis, president of the Ag Club said, â€œOur goal is to sell the agriculture program at Imperial Valley College (IVC).â€
Davis, 21, has been the president for two years. â€œWe want to encourage students to attend and major in ag in the Valley,â€ he said.
Currently, the program is small at IVC, but Davis believes in the importance of agriculture, as well as the program at the local junior college.Â
â€œAgriculture is important because itâ€™s what feeds all of us. If we donâ€™t have agriculture, then we wonâ€™t have the way of life we enjoy – or the food available that we need to survive. Â It would be a very different world,â€ Davis said. Â
In his second year at IVC, Davis majors in Ag Business and Ag Science. He plans to attend a four-year university out of the Valley, after which he hopes to return to Imperial County and farm.
Imperial Market Days continuedÂ its weekend-long celebrationÂ with the Sunrunners Car Show that held Saturday morning at Eager Park.