A public market, called the Fairpark International Market, is scheduled to open at the Utah State Fairgrounds in June, and area residents are asked to help establish products, events and classes at the new venue.
The grand opening is scheduled for June 3-6 at the Fairpark’s Barn 9, located on the south side of the fairgrounds on North Temple just west of the Fairpark rail station. A new pedestrian entrance to the market is scheduled to be installed directly across from the station.
“The Fairpark has a long history of providing community events,” said Larry Mullenax, the Utah State Fairpark Executive Director. “We envision the International Market to be a place where people can come together to shop, talk, listen to music, eat, play chess, attend classes on various subjects including nutrition and enjoy public art.”
Approximately 20 businesses will be operating inside Barn 9 during the opening months and more will be added as customers and neighbors give input of what they would like to see at the market.
The current bookings include fresh produce from area growers, meat products, arts and crafts, boutique items and innovative new products. In addition to the shops inside Barn 9, an outdoors area will include covered eating and gathering spaces, food trucks and small concert stages.
Community members who would like to participate in planning future vendors and events or give comments on the market can do so online at www.UtahStateFair.com, said Mullenax. There will be links for vendor applications, public comments and voting on seven possible logos for the market.
“We want this market to be reflective of the surrounding neighborhoods’ needs,” said Mullenax. “We hope to encourage everyone who may want to play a role in the future of the neighborhood to get involved in creating our very own outdoor safe space for everyone to enjoy.”
As the market grows, Mullenax expects barns adjacent to Barn 9 to also host vendors and activities, and he hopes to see the market successful enough to be open year-round. “We are lucky to be a part of such an incredible community,” he said. “Our intention is to get started and then build on success.”
The Fairpark International Market has been in the planning stages since 2019 when the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency contracted a feasibility study that indicated Fairpark was a viable spot for a market and could initially draw 2,000 people a day. The Westside Coalition – a group of community leaders focused on advocating for the health, wellness and quality of life of west-side residents – lobbied for the public market to be held at the Fairpark, and the project was endorsed by the Salt Lake City Council in December of 2020 as a needed commodity.
In addition to the new public market, the management of the state fairgrounds is currently putting together a new masterplan for future programming and events. Community residents will have an opportunity to participate in this process at a later date to be announced on the State Fair website.
The Fairpark International Market will be open from 2-10:30 p.m. on June 3-6, June 17-20, July 8-22 and July 29 - August 1. The planned operating hours are from 2-10:30 p.m. in order to avoid competition with other similar city venues and events which generally operate during the morning and early afternoon.