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Vendors set up for Edison Festival of Light parade

Vendors set up for Edison Festival of Light parade

By Colleen Hogan. CREATED Feb 15, 2013

DOWNTOWN FT. MYERS, Fla. - It's one of the biggest events of the year in Southwest Florida, the Edison Festival of Light parade. Vendors are already preparing for the crowds.

The parade starts at 7:00 p.m. and winds through the River District.

Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan has a preview.


Before the sun came up Friday morning, there was already a field full of people in Centennial Park, setting up their booths. 

There's not a space to spare in the back of Cathi Barber's Jeep. 

"We have handmade purses and jewelry, very unique," Barber said.

Soon all the stuff packed in the back of her Jeep will be set up in her booth, called the ' shop,' next to the clock tower in Centennial Park.

She and her husband travel from North Carolina to display their wares, and encourage people to buy American made products. The couple sell those things at events like the Edison Festival.

"This is our third year here, and we love it," Barber said. "It's very well run and we enjoy watching the parade. It always brings out a big crowd."
Naples-based ceramics artist Gabrielle Nappo didn't have to travel quite so far to set up her shop. This is her first year as a vendor. 
"I've heard from some people they get a very nice crowd here," Nappo said. "It should be a fun festival."
"This is my first year as a vendor and I'm having a ball," Alva farmer Sandi Burns said. 
She trucked in her all-natural products to Centennial Park from her Alva farm.
"I was raising goats and I had excess milk and decided to making soap," she said. "It turned from a hobby into a business."
The vendors will be set-up in Centennial Park through Sunday.
Activities for the Edison Festival of Light have been going on for weeks.
There's a 5-k run that kicks off at 5:45 a.m. in the River District.
Colleen Hogan, reporter