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Malta Drive-In to show more than movies

"It's something a number of drive-in theaters have done [before] and it's very compatible with a drive-in theater because it's able to have spots for vendors as well as parking for consumers," said Ed Caro, owner.

Caro said the facility was already established, with restrooms and a snack bar, so he couldn't see any drawback to building on what's already a community staple.

"It would be good for the community," said Caro. "We'll make some money off of the event itself and more people will become familiar with the drive-in theater and furniture store in front."

Once "bureaucratic issues" like a land use variance (that would allow the property to be used for something other than a drive-in) was taken care of, the real work began.

"The more we investigated [the idea] the more it sounded like a lot of fun," said Thompson.

Thompson went beyond securing actual vendors and decided to find a way for the market to give back to the community he hoped would patron it.

"We'll charge admission based on a per car basis, $3, but 100 percent of that revenue will go to a local non-profit or school," said Thompson.

For example, the Ballston Spa High School Senior Class is set to benefit from one Sunday's business. Members of the senior class (and any future organization chosen) will work the market and receive all collected admission in return.

"They'll be responsible for admitting the cars, showing the cars where to park and work the event," said Thompson. "It's a good opportunity for us to create this market, not only so vendors have a fun place to get their stuff accessible but so local organizations can be involved in the hopes that organizations involved in working the event, their family and friends will want to come as well. It's a double-edged sword."

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