Valentine’s Day Market and Hot Cocoa Contest seeks competitors, vendors

Kevin PowellCity, Parks & Recreation

Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the first annual Valentine’s Day Market and Hot Cocoa Contest on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the historic Carnegie Building, 200 West 9th St. The market is free and open to the public.

The Valentine’s Day Market will host a variety of food and craft vendors and will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with the Hot Cocoa Contest beginning at 1 p.m.

Vendor spaces are $35 and include one eight-foot table, with electricity and additional tables available in limited supply. Chairs will not be provided and it is recommended for vendors to bring their own. Food or concessions vendors must contact LPRD prior to registration using the information below.

The Hot Cocoa Contest is open to anyone and costs $5 to enter. Contestants’ creations will undergo a judging process before winners are announced and awarded with a small prize.

To register as a vendor or contestant, visit or stop by any Parks and Recreation facility, including: the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St; Sports Pavilion Lawrence®; East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 East 15th St.; Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 West 27th St.; Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive; or Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St.

Registered vendors will receive more information via email one to two weeks prior to the event.

For more information, or to request additional tables and electricity, please contact Abby Bush-Wilder, communications and events coordinator, at or (785) 932-3460.