Tractor Supply Market Day highlights artisans, producers and craft makers | Briefs

Kent is full of skilled makers, bakers and producers, and the Kent Tractor Supply store is bringing the talented individuals and businesses together for a community-wide, family-friendly event.

On Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the store hosts its annual Market Day event featuring local vendors and their homemade and homegrown goods.

Market Day is a free event, featuring items such as crafts, candles, produce, baked goods and more items in tents outside the Tractor Supply store, 8420 S. 228th St.

This year’s vendors and community partners include Garden Treasures and Pierette Bracelets.

“As members of this community, we strive to do whatever we can to support our neighbors,” said Charlie Robinson, store manager of the Kent Tractor Supply store. “Market Day allows us to highlight and support the great talent we have here, while creating a fun event everyone can enjoy.”

Local artisans, farmers and craft makers interested in selling their goods are invited to register at TSCeventpartners.com or visit the local Kent Tractor Supply store before May 15. While participation is free, all vendors are responsible for complying with state and local ordinances.

Contact the Kent Tractor Supply store at 253-520-2333 for more details or information about participating in the event.

Elsewhere

Local Cruise Planners franchise owner Jennifer Hardy was recently designated as s certified autism travel professional by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.

Hardy, who operates a full-service land and cruise travel agency based in the Kent area, is one of only four travel professionals in the state to receive the designation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 59 children are identified with autism spectrum disorder.

“As a travel professional, I am a small business owner dedicated to ensuring every guest has a personalized and memorable travel experience,” Hardy said. “For parents who have a child on the autism spectrum, travel is often viewed as a luxury or as an unattainable dream. My goal is to open those doors to families like mine to make their dreams a reality.”

Hardy and her husband are raising four children with “invisible” special needs, including autism spectrum disorder.

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