Outside, there were huge snowflakes falling and cars were parked all along Road 38. Inside Prince Charles Public School, there was the hustle and bustle of the 13th annual Holiday Market, a cooperative effort between the school’s parents council and the Frontenac Farmers Market.
Alison Williams, the PCPS PTA chair had a big grin on her face when asked about the huge turnout.
“I have fun no matter where I go,” she said. “But actually, I’m over the moon about this.
“It’s our major fundraiser for the school and we did advertise the heck out of it.
“We have great community spirit here.”
While the Holiday Market stared 13 years ago, the school only became an official partner six years ago but it’s proved very successful for them, Williams said.
“Our job at the PTA is to enhance the school for our students,” she said. “Last year we bought stationary bikes.
“This year, we’re looking at sports equipment and an upgrade to our culinary classes equipment and maybe some lights for the holiday concert.”
There were more than 65 vendors this year, along with breakfast and lunch facilities. There were donation boxes for the school and non-perishable food items.
From the Farmers Market side, Laura Simmons said she was surprised at the number of shares the FaceBook page got.
“It’s the same weekend every year and we’re getting to the point where people look forward to it now,” she said.
And Simmons too was clearly enjoying the day.
“Yes, it’s a good time,” she said. “That’s part of the point.
“I really want to thank the volunteers and the community for all the support,” she said. “It’s not just a two women show.”