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Sparta Kriskindlmarkt opens Friday

Kaitlyn Riley

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A local tradition persists to help spread holiday cheer during a pandemic.

The Sixth Annual Kriskindlmarkt will open in downtown Sparta on Water Street Friday at 4:00 p.m. The traditional European winter market will feature local artisan wares, baked goods, hand-made ornaments, and more.

“We felt it was more important than ever to provide a safe place in the community for holiday magic to be created and shared,” organizers shared on Facebook. “Our outdoor market enables everyone to physically distance while being together in the Christmas spirit.”

They asked visitors to be together with household members, stay 6 feet apart, wear a mask, and be kind.

The market will be open Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The final day will be Saturday, Dec. 12.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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