Old Town to have 2nd outdoor market
The Old Colorado City area will have a second Saturday-morning outdoor market this summer.
The 26th Street Market is scheduled to open June 24 in Vermijo Park, just north of Highway 24, and continue from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday until Sept. 23.
Organizing the weekly event will be JEI, a local business that in previous years has run the craft fairs at Bancroft Park on frequent summer Saturdays. A change in city usage rules limited the number of private sales events at Bancroft to just once a month starting this summer, so the business decided to look at other ideas, explained Helen Ivey of JEI. When a couple of farmers from the Western Slope called, the idea for a new market was hatched, she said.
City Parks is “kind of partnering with her” on the effort, explained Parks Director Paul Butcher. Looking for an alternative for the craft fairs, he said he was the one who suggested Vermijo. “We're trying to make everyone happy,” he said, “and still provide a service to the public.”
The 26th Street Market will co-exist with the Farmers' Market, which will be entering its 19th year this summer - also on Saturday mornings - on 24th Street next to Bancroft Park. But competition is not the intent, according to Ivey. “My feeling is, there's enough for everyone to go around,” she said. “There are farmers' markets all over town, and we have enough population to warrant it.”
The park has plenty of parking space west of the baseball diamond. City Parks officials plan to help put up signs directing market-goers to park there instead of on the nearby residential streets, Butcher said.
In addition to farmers, JEI expects to have artists, crafters and food vendors.
Butcher said he wasn't sure if the fairs would prevent baseball from being played on the diamond. It's his understanding that the booths are more likely to stay in the shade that's well down the left-field line. But if there is a conflict, he said City Parks will try to help work it out.
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