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Last day of the season Oct. 31 for Farmers Market in Bancroft Park

      
In a photo from August, shoppers stroll along one of the lanes of the Farmers Market in Bancroft Park.
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The last Farmers Market of the season in Bancroft Park will be on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31.
       Frank Schmidt, president of the Pikes Peak Farmers Market, the nonprofit association that oversees the popular weekly outdoor sales event, said about 25 vendors are expected.
       Halloween will be a day of activity in Old Colorado City. The market typically wraps up between 1 and 2 p.m. The Safe Treats Halloween event - expected to attract 3,000 or more candy-seekers - is scheduled from 2 to 4:30.
       In answer to the obvious (?) question, Schmidt said that he does not expect many of the vendors to wear Halloween costumes for the season's final day.
       At its peak, during the warmer months, up to 45 vendors - offering fresh fruits, vegetables and a range of prepared food items from around the state - filled the Old Colorado City park on market days, with well over a thousand people browsing and buying.
       The summer-Saturdays affair runs annually from early June - two weeks after Territory Days - until the last Saturday of October. Following the same timetable is the small craft fair that the volunteer Old Colorado City Historical Society members organize as a fundraiser outside the History Center, across the street from the park at 24th Street and Pikes Peak Avenue.
       Schmidt said the market will return Saturday, June 11, 2016.
       Supported by Old Colorado City merchants as a way of attracting shoppers to the area, the Farmers Market in Bancroft Park started in 1988 as an offshoot of the downtown market that had initially been implemented by the CSU Extension Service.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 10/26/15; Business: Events)

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