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Monday, January 24, 2022

Bizarre market returned with busy crowd

CHICO – The 15th annual quirky market hosted by Chicoco was held at Chico’s Silver Dollar Fairgrounds on Sunday, with more than 50 handicraftsmen showing off their wares and buyers coming to support.

Chicoco employee Muir Hughes said they’ve received the most applications for vendors to date, nearly three times more than the previous quaint market.

“I think people are really excited and creative,” Hughes said. “A lot of downtime over the years has pushed people down creative paths.”

Maevyn Corvid, one of the vendors, began making art this year after suffering a major seizure that led to a disability. Corvid creates paintings and sculptures from recycled materials such as ethically obtained bones and broken glass.

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“The name of my company is Putris Immoderata which means decaying passion,” Corvid said. “Essentially I died and wasn’t dead anymore. However after that, I didn’t know what to do with myself so I started making a bunch of art.

Seller Sherri Scott is a local farmer at Harvests & Habits Nursery and grows seasonally appropriate peppers, garlic, medicinal and culinary herbs; and processes them into foods by hand. She makes hot sauce so that the heat is minimized.

“Sauces are lacto-fermented and have a way of being able to taste the flavors,” Scott said. “I can’t have hot peppers. I’ll never eat hot peppers and won’t be able to taste anything”

Another seller Stan Hoiland is a Chico artist who’s been making 3-D wire sculptures for 15 years—going to art shows around California—and has come across the bizarre market.

“The last few years have been really slow – a lot of shows have been cancelled,” Hoiland said. “Things are starting to reopen and it’s a really good local show. It’s really fun.”

Holland sympathizes with artists affected by the COVID lockdown. Hoiland said the turnout went very well over the weekend.

“Some of the shows I’ve done this year, people are showing,” Hoiland said. “They know artists and musicians are getting hurt so they are showing for us. It’s really good.”

Chicoco employee Muir Hughes said the quaint market is back after it was abandoned last year due to COVID restrictions. This year they secured the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds as their venue and required masks.

“In the past, we’ve been at the Chico Women’s Club, which is a great venue, but it has allowed us more people, more ventilation,” Hughes said. “It’s fun to be back in it.”

Ken Pordes and Julie O’Keefe arrived at the fair to support their friends who were vending and were past visitors to the quaint market.

“It’s the first time they’ve taken it to this level and there’s such a huge amount of people coming in,” Pords said. “I am excited for it because it says it is moving in a positive direction and it is gaining momentum. People are trying to be the new normal.”

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