Successful opening night at Crane Creekside Market

by Sara Knapp Etchison

Friday, May 5, my family and I attended the first Crane Creekside Market, held in Crane City Park. Craft vendors were set up on the grass with plenty of room to walk around and visit with friends and neighbors. Melissa Wise with Funky Fries had her food truck at the market selling gyros, loaded french fries, and loaded funnel cake fries. Yes, you read that right, funnel cake fries. My daughter had the cookies and cream funnel cake fries with crushed Oreos, powdered sugar, and icing.

After eating to our heart’s content, we strolled around and visited each of the merchants. There was freeze-dried candy, fresh flowers, handmade jewelry, and desserts ranging from sweet soft-serve sundaes to a plethora of fried pies. We tried the apricot, and it was delicious!

My husband wandered off and, to my surprise, found the booth of the new nonprofit Stone Soup, which raises awareness of human trafficking. For a donation, he got a bowl of homemade Pozole. He was on cloud nine as he hadn’t had Pozole since he was a kid in southern California. After eating our way through the park and shopping, we sat in the back of our car and listened to the laid-back country sounds of Josiah David. Next time, we will know to bring our lawn chairs.

Nothing is better than supporting a small town with big dreams on a Friday night.