Winnebago Buy Local hosts 8th annual Local Holiday Market

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- More than 30 local businesses came together Saturday for a one of a kind shopping event. Visitors could get everything they need to check of their Christmas lists all while supporting local businesses.

Winnebago Buy Local hosted its 8th annual local holiday market at Rockford University. Dozens of businesses had their unique items for sale all under one roof making holiday shopping a breeze. Organizers say events like this help our local business owners in a huge way. Winnebago buy local says this year's turnout was one of the best so far.

“It’s really good because it makes it not a cookie cutter community, it makes it really unique and special. People take a lot of pride in their local businesses and showing off their local businesses to the community but secondly it really brings more back into our local economy for community improvement and buying local really helps that,” said executive director of Winnebago Buy Local Lauren Davis.

Davis says this event gives the public the opportunity to meet face to face with local business owners and get to know the people behind our unique local shops.