Children's Entrepreneur Market

Merary Sandoval, 10, sells homemade ice pops at the Children's Entrepreneur Market held in Provo on Saturday, May 27, 2017. 

From marshmallow guns to lemonade to bath bombs, you could buy a myriad of goods at the farmers market at Provo High School on Saturday.

The main difference between this and other farmers markets you might attend this summer? Every single booth was run by a kid.

Merary Sandoval, 10, was selling five different flavors of real-fruit ice pops at a booth with her sisters, Miley and Melissa.

The ice pops were a good choice of products to sell, she said, because the weather is starting to get hot.

“It’s really fun, because we get to pretend we’re in a real business,” Merary said.

The girls’ mom, Bianney Sandoval, said the girls started selling ice pops in their neighborhood last week, so when she heard about a market geared toward kids, she knew it would be perfect for them.

“It’s really fun for them,” Bianney Sandoval said. “They learn to work, and to practice selling things, because it’s not always so easy. They work really hard — we made 134 (ice pops) for today.”

Though many of the kids made the items they were selling, it wasn’t a requirement. Topaz Jayeng was selling 3-D printouts made by his grandfather.

The items included Pikachus, whistles, temples and elephants. Topaz could even demonstrate to customers how the whistles worked by playing “Mary had a Little Lamb.”

Though his enjoyment of the actual selling process is “About 50/50,” he does enjoy having money to spend on other things after, Topaz said.

The kids market is in its second year, and is holding multiple kids markets around Utah. Through Sept. 2, there will be one additional kids market in Provo and two each in Lehi and Salt Lake City.

Last year, the kids market was started by a parent and had about 80 booths. This year, sponsors and marketing have helped it grow to 120 registered booths.

If the rest of those events this year go well, the hope is to expand next year and have even more events across the state in places like St. George or Vernal, said Connor Boyack, president of Libertas Institute, who helped organize the event.

“I think every kid loves the experience of operating a lemonade stand,” Boyack said. “But the most difficult thing is getting customers. So, what we wanted to do was create a marketplace where they had a lot more exposure of people to come by and look at their booth. It’s disheartening for a kid to go through that effort and not have anyone come.”

More information about the upcoming events can be found on the Children’s Entrepreneur Market Facebook page.

Katie England is the South County and political reporter for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

Katie England covers politics, county government and southern Utah County for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

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