Farmers market coming to Smithers Friday night

SMITHERS, WV (WOAY) – On Friday evening, there will be a farmers market at the Gateway Center in Smithers. 

Active Southern West Virginia and the WVU Extension Service have partnered with Smithers and Montgomery to make this happen as they’re calling it the “First Friday Farmers Market”  in hopes to make it a regular occurrence.

Anyone will be able to come by and shop the local vendors for locally-grown produce and hand-crafted items similar to what is typically offered at the Oak Hill and Fayetteville markets.

Active Southern West Virginia will also be providing games and activities for the kids.

Noel Mitchell is a health educator with WVU Family Nutrition and is part of the WVU Fayette County Extension Service, and she hopes this will attract more local vendors and shoppers from the Upper Kanawha Valley. 

“We are hoping that this will spark more vendors from the Valley,” she said. “That would be ideal to get more local folks, keeping the money there in the Smithers area and sparking the economy a little bit.” 

This will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday night at the Gateway Center, previously the old Valley Elementary School (2 Greyhound Lane, Smithers, WV).

Masks and social distancing will be strongly encouraged.

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.