Desoto County News

First Hernando Christmas Market held at the Gatorade Fieldhouse

By Bailee Harris

Hernando Sportsplex, along with local vendors and businesses came together Sunday, Dec. 10, for the first Hernando Christmas Market. 

Clay Swindle, Hernando Sportsplex owner, shared his excitement regarding the event stating, “We had close to 40 vendors and about a thousand people came through the door. It was just a fantastic day. Customers were happy, and vendors were happy.” 

The event catered to families, with many activities for the younger audience including pictures with Santa, mini golf, and moon bounces. 

All participating vendors offered shoppers a unique array of items to check off their Christmas shopping lists. Among the small businesses was LaNita Scott, the creative force behind “Sugar Cookie Shorty,” whose homemade Christmas cookies were a standout at the holiday-themed market. 

“I do feel it was a success to participate,” Scott reflected. “There was a large amount of traffic steadily throughout the day. We sold almost all of the products we brought with us. The other vendors were pleasant to work with and the atmosphere was very fun and festive. We are looking forward to participating in future events at this location.”

In the spirit of giving, a portion of proceeds from the Hernando Christmas Market were donated to DeSoto Hope, an organization that offers community cancer support. 

Swindle revealed exciting plans for the future because of the success of this first event. Hernando Sportsplex is gearing up to host a similar spring market.  

“We just wanted to say thank you to all the vendors and shoppers that made it a great success,” Swindle adds. “Overall, it was a big success for our first one out of the gate.” 

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