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Jamie Inglis new manager of Lake Oswego Farmers Market


Mega-popular event about to begin 13th year of food and fun

by: REVIEW PHOTO: CLIFF NEWELL - Jamie Inglis has many duties as the new manager of the Lake Oswego Farmers Market, including putting up as many posters as she can.Jamie Inglis is only 27 years old but she has been with the city of Lake Oswego a long time. Long enough to be assigned the important task of being the new manager of the Lake Oswego Farmers Market.

Kathy Schilling, special events director for the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department, is happy to reel off the reasons why Inglis got the job.

“Jamie is very poised, she can deal with constant change, she is used to trouble shooting,” Schilling said. “Besides, she knows everyone who comes in.”

How did Inglis become so accomplished at just 27 years of age?

When only 15 years old she became a camp counselor in a city summer program and has been steadily climbing the ladder ever since, especially since she began working on special projects three years ago. The Inglis profile includes: Lake Oswego’s centennial celebration of 2010 (Inglis helped make 8,000 people happy on one day), holiday tree lightings, gingerbread house contests, Movies in the Park, First Friday events, the city’s all-American Fourth of July celebration, the Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance and much more. Inglis has proven over and over that she can smile under any circumstances.

“The farmers market has the nicest people you’ve ever met,” Inglis said. “That’s why I wanted to become involved.”

Still, the farmers market will be the biggest challenge that Inglis has ever tackled because so much is expected of her. The event attracts as many as 10,000 people every Saturday between May and October.

Schilling started the market in 2001. It was a difficult task, but she assumed the market would eventually pretty much run itself. It did not.

“If things look smooth on the surface, it’s because there’s a lot of work underneath,” Schilling said.

Inglis will be required to be nice to people who sometimes are not nice, solve every problem, keep the dogs at doggie day care happy, avoid traffic jams and generally keep the ship sailing smoothly. She is ready to go.

“It is going to be great,” Inglis said. “I am very enthusiastic.”

Inglis will start managing on May 18 when the market opens for its 13th year.