Imperial Market Days Kicks off the Holiday Season

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Dancers enjoy the music of Big Bad Wolf Saturday night at the Imperial Harvest Palooza
Dancers enjoy the music of Big Bad Wolf Saturday night at the Imperial Harvest Palooza. Brett Miller photo.

IMPERIAL — Imperial Market Days hosted its second event of the season this past Saturday under the theme, Harvest Palooza, which was attended by thousands of Imperial Valley residents enjoying a variety of vendors and performers. The night saw a high turnout as people perused merchandise ranging from light-up toys and NFL memorabilia to hand-crafted art and tactical knives. 

A variety of small and large food vendors were present as well, allowing hungry visitors to choose from fresh tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, and desserts. A few beer vendors, including the new local start-up, Farmer Brothers, set up shop at the event as well.

 “This a City of Imperial event. They are the ones who facilitate the Market Days, and the Imperial Chamber is just proud to be a part of it and help support the city in all of their events,” said Erika Aponte, vice president of the Imperial Chamber of Commerce board of directors. 

“It’s a way for local businesses and organizations to get together and promote their businesses to the community and have a place for everyone to come together,” Aponte added.

The event was home to booths containing different foods, clothes and novelty items for sale, a musical performance by Big Bad Wolf, and free carriage rides pulled by Clydesdale horses. The night provided something for all and previewed a perfect pre-event to next month’s Christmas festivities.  

 On December 3rd, Imperial Market Days will host “A Frozen Christmas,” as part of its monthly events. “Christmas in a Small Town,” Imperial Chamber of Commerce’s event scheduled for the weekend of December 9-11, kicking off with the annual Parade of Lights.