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Rainmaker Marketplace plans for vendors, food trucks, fashion show

The midway will be packed with food trucks, while rides of all kinds will available at the fair grounds.
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The Purple Perogy will be one of 10 food trucks serving a variety of ethnic foods during St. Albert's Rainmaker May 27-29, 2022. SUPPLIED/Photo

The St. Albert Rainmaker roundup of events is more than a wild and noisy rodeo and concert extravaganza. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the thrills of a midway, scope out the Marketplace, take in a fashion show, and sample an assortment of street food. 

“The Marketplace is relatively new. We started with food trucks, but we expanded to showcase products in high-traffic areas at an affordable price. There was a demand for it, and it was a good opportunity to support small business. It was also an opportunity for people to purchase something and go back and re-order,” said Marketplace director Julie DeMott. 

Although the Kinsmen Club of St. Albert organizes Rainmaker, DeMott adds the Marketplace is the Kinettes' contribution. Several vendors showcasing their wares include Pampered Chef cookware; Athena — the Crotchet Goddess; and Craving Color One-of-a-Kind Gifts, which sells dreamcatchers, bracelets, and earrings. 

Marina Perilli of Prairie Couture Life, who transitioned from selling women’s clothing to organizing events, is introducing a western wear fashion show that will feature a mix of vintage and contemporary looks detailing a western vibe. 

“Western fashion is a growing industry and we’re excited to showcase it,” said Perilli.

And for many attending the Rainmaker, dressing up to look the part is half the fun. 

“It’s a growing industry in Alberta. But in the Southern United States, it’s a huge industry. It’s largely an untapped market here because a lot of people from Alberta shop in the States. Historically, all we have is Lammles and everyone looks like everyone else. Western wear is a different market and I love to showcase it.” 

And if food is your thing, the Kinettes have booked about 10 food trucks that range from Purple Perogy, Laughing Kookum, and Dino Donuts, to Fat Franks, the Hungry Beast’s Filipino dishes, and Sooo Yum Ehhh’s Indo-Canadian cuisine. 

“And the midway will have about five more food venues. There’s ice cream, candied apples, cotton candy, lemonade,” said DeMott. 

West Coast Amusements once again returns with a roster of rides for the whole family: easy-going kiddie rides, exhilarating family rides, and adrenalin-pumping spectacular rides. Visitors are also encouraged to bring their skill, luck, and accuracy to games where a top-notch ability to shoot, pin, and throw is necessary to win a prize. 

The Rainmaker Rodeo is located at 47 Riel Dr. Free Park & Ride shuttles to the site will run from Naki Transit Station only, on May 27 to 29.

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