New outdoor market opens June 24

       The Old Colorado City area's second Saturday-morning outdoor market will open for business at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 24.
       Called the 26th Street Market, it will offer a combination of produce goods and crafter booths in Vermijo Park, just north of Highway 24. The ending time will be 3 p.m. The market will continue weekly until mid-September.
       Organizing the weekly event is JEI, a local business that in previous years ran summer-Saturday craft fairs at Bancroft Park at the same time as the Westside Farmers' Market. When the city changed its park-usage rules to limit private sales events at Bancroft, JEI decided to try its own market, according to the Ivey family, which owns the business.
       The first day for the 26th Street Market will have two to three booths for farmers selling Colorado produce, plus 20 or more crafters' booths. There also will be a tent where a non-profit community group can present information about itself. A different non-profit will be given the tent each week, according to the Iveys.
       City Parks is helping promote the market by allowing JEI to erect three advertising signs and a banner at city right-of-way locations visible to traffic along Highway 24 between 21st and 31st streets. Parks is also providing signage to help direct market visitors to park their cars in the flat dirt area just west of the park's baseball field.
       City Parks Director Paul Butcher said these efforts are to accommodate the Iveys in getting their market started. Allowing the signs along the highway should help people find the location. “Vermijo is a little off the beaten track,” he explained.
       The Westside Farmers' Market continues to function Saturdays on 24th Street, next to Bancroft Park.

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