Bigger than ever, Beautiful Land appears in downtown Ames on Sunday



The creations made by students at Ames High School and the lightly worn Halloween costumes sold by the Ark of Friendship are two of the new features in the Beautiful Land Fall Pop-Up Market. The Ames-based event, which showcases handmade and vintage items, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the downtown Fareway parking lot, 619 Burnett Ave.

A free and family-friendly event, the Beautiful Land pop-up market will feature more than 65 vendors – regional artisans, designers and vintage collectors – as well as food trucks and live music.

Shoppers peruse a former Beautiful Land pop-up market in downtown Ames Fareway.

Live music will be provided for four hours, double that of previous markets, with local musicians Fred Love and Tyler Miller each performing two-hour sets.

Two Ames High groups, the National Art Honor Society and the Art Club, will sell works they have created, including paintings, drawings, prints, photos and knitted items.

“We are really excited to have this opportunity to help showcase our student artwork,” said Lindsay Wede, Ames High Art teacher and NAHS / Art Club advisor, in a press release. “We have several students with a variety of jobs and they are eager to get involved.”

Another feature of the fall market is Friendship Ark’s Halloween Bootique fundraiser. The non-profit organization Ames supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They will accept donations of lightly used Halloween costumes and unique clothing items for children and adults. Le Bootique will also offer these costumes for sale at the market for a voluntary donation.

“I think it will be fun for kids and adults alike, and it gives the residents of Friendship Ark a really meaningful thing to get involved in,” said Jody Bergan Bennet, co-owner of Beautiful Land. “We’re going to set them up near the live music in a sort of grassy area.”

Friendship Ark will sell Halloween costumes on Sunday at the Beautiful Land Market.  They will also accept donations of lightly used costumes.

“This is a wonderful fundraising opportunity for the core members as they can help sort and organize the costumes and can be present at the event,” said Natalie Seibold, Friendship Ark community relations specialist, in the press release.

Food trucks Mary’s Pupusaria and Huey’s Mini Donuts will both be on hand for the market, and Fareway will serve apple cider.

Sunday is Beautiful Land’s third pop-up market and the largest event to date, said Bergan Bennett.

“We look forward to bringing people together again, celebrating the fun and beauty of the fall season, showcasing our talented vendors, and also encouraging the community to shop and explore downtown businesses. and Main Street, ”she said in the statement. “At the heart of our mission is the in-person connection that our suppliers make with customers, so events like ours help prepare creative entrepreneurs and small businesses for success and raise awareness and engage in the community. It’s a win-win for everyone involved. “

The Arch of Friendship will be one of the Sunday events at the Beautiful Land pop-up market.

Bergan Bennett has a long history as an entrepreneur and was the founder of Lucky Star Market. She co-owns the Marketplace with Andrew Kingsbury, owner of Decadence and senior graphic designer at the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine.

Bergan Bennett, a vintage collector, and Kingsbury, with her Decadence jewelry created from found and vintage items, will each have their own vendor booth set up at the Sunday market.

“We aim to connect creators and creative entrepreneurs with their clients, to create an event that builds community and fosters collaborations, and that is great fun while supporting the local economy,” Kingsbury said in the statement.

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