Kenai?s Saturday Market, next to the Kenai Chamber Log Cabin and across from the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center (KVCC), opened two years ago with 12 dedicated vendors. This year that number has nearly tripled with 33 full-time vendors registered to participate throughout the 2007 season that runs through September 15th, as well as many more part time vendors. The fee for participating in the Market is on a sliding scale according to Mya Renken, executive director for the Kenai Convention & Visitors Bureau, ?It?s works out to be less expensive the more Saturdays the vendor is in attendance,? says Renken. ?The program wouldn?t have been possible without a federally supported program of the Alaska State Department of Labor, Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training or MASST for short. We brought on Jan Stiers to work on creating the foundation of the Saturday Market. When she moved on to another job, we transferred Harold Piland into the position of Kenai?s Saturday Market Coordinator, which he has held since.?
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