Announcing, the Fifth Annual Carlin Country Market!

Press Release, May 05, 2015

Carlin School in Tappen, BC (15 minutes west of Salmon Arm on Trans Canada Highway)

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10am-4pm.



Contact re: this press release:  Carmen Massey, Carlin School PAC Chair at 250-804-3466 or

Come on out to the country and join Carlin School in celebrating the Fifth Annual Carlin Country Market.  The Carlin Country Market is where the community gathers at Carlin School for a day of old fashioned enjoyment for everyone, young and old.

“I can’t believe it’s already been five years that we’ve been hosting the Carlin Country Market,” says Heather O’Brien, one of the event organizers.  “The Market is Carlin School’s only fundraiser all year, but it’s so much more than a fundraiser.  The entire community comes together.  A major goal at Carlin School is to create a sense of community, and this event really speaks to that priority.”  She adds, “We welcome people from Salmon Arm and all the other Shuswap communities, too. Sometimes we even get people from Kamloops and Vernon, and out-of-province people have even stopped by to see what’s going on!”

PAC Co- Chair Carmen Massey comments, “It’s nice to see the kids from Carlin School enjoying time with their families and friends.  People who used to attend Carlin bring their kids to the Market to check out their old school.  Last year, one man came to the Carlin Market who attended the school seventy years ago!  Neighbours and locals who don’t even have kids at the school like to come for the day.  It makes people feel connected to the younger generation and to their community.  There’s a good vibe at the Market for sure.  And there is so much to do!  Entertainment, shopping, kids playing, adults playing with kids.  What’s not to enjoy about that?”

The Carlin Country Market includes:  a large Outdoor Market with over 40 vendors; a Kids’ Carnival; a giant Indoor Garage Sale and Book Sale; a Plant Sale; a Silent Auction with over 60 items, including a Waterway Houseboat Vacation; two Live Entertainment Stages; and the ever popular Class Basket Raffle.  Tappen Co-op ice cream cones, Tim Horton’s coffee, and several other food vendors keep the kids and the adults going.  Heritage displays, a photo booth, and a candy stand are features.  And the dunk tank always draws a crowd.

To celebrate our Fifth Anniversary, we’ve added more activities for the older kids: a massive Laser Tag game, Paintball target shooting, and Remote Control car racing.  

A Toddler Zone, Bouncy Houses, Face Painting, Carnival Games and Prizes continue to keep the younger set entertained.

Carlin School invites the public to come join the fun, for an hour or for the day.  You will be glad you made the trip out to the country!  Saturday, May 23 from 10am to 4pm.    A free parking shuttle is provided.  Admission is by donation.

For more details, see the Carlin School webpage at or check out the Carlin Country Market Facebook Page.

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