By Bill Spinks

The first-ever Ellis County Market won’t take place in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the four Chambers of Commerce in Ellis County are committed to giving it another try in 2021.

The market, which had originally been set for mid-March and postponed until later this month, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 27, 2021, the four Chambers announced jointly on Friday.

"As we have watched the recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we have decided to postpone the event to keep our community safe and healthy," said Jeannette Patak, President of the Ennis Chamber of Commerce.

Vendors and sponsors who are already registered will have their fees shifted to the new date.

"We believe that our moving the event to March will ensure the participating businesses have a better opportunity to make those important connections to potential new customers," said Clint Woodward, President & CEO of the Red Oak Chamber.

The location of the March event will be finalized soon, the Chambers said in their announcement.

"The Ellis County Market was conceived as a large ‘Shop Local’ event — a way for our local businesses to reach new customers from other parts of the county, and for those residents to know what’s available in our area," said Laura Terhune, President & CEO of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce.

Almost 100 vendors, food trucks, displays, and demonstrations are planned for the event.

The idea for the four Chambers to collaborate was brought forward by Waxahachie Chamber President and CEO Sandy King, who decided it was a good idea for the chambers to combine their events, "split the work and double the marketing efforts."

"It just so happened that we were all around the table at one time, and we had expos and different things coming up in all of our individual chambers and we said, ’Wait a minute, why are we all doing separate work when we can all do this together?’ " King told the Daily Light in January. "So, when you have the platform of four chambers and a county-wide effort, just the marketing alone in advance of the show is going to be amazing for the vendors to choose to come."

For more information about the 2021 Ellis County Market, contact one of the four Ellis County Chambers of Commerce: Ennis, Midlothian, Red Oak, and Waxahachie.