Town Market vendors to follow theme

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Wanted: Farm and craft vendors who can envision North--west Colorado at the turn of the 20th century.

Such people are being encouraged to apply for a space in Main Street Steamboat's Old Town Market this summer.

The market will run from 7 a.m. to noon for 16 Saturdays, June 18 to Oct. 1, in the parking lot of the Routt County Courthouse.

"The market will strive to offer those items that might have been available in a general store, grocery, butcher shop, bakery, blacksmith, tinsmith, herbalist, cobbler, tailor livery stable and the like," organizer Tracy Barnett said.

People who produce vegetables, fruits, eggs, meats, flowers, bedding plants, herbs, honey, cheeses, baked goods, value-added products and handcrafted items are welcome to apply.

Main Street Steamboat wants to identify potential vendors in Routt, Moffat, Grand and Rio Blanco counties. Most of all, the organization wants to increase foot traffic in Steamboat's downtown commercial district.

Main Street's board has listened to downtown retailers who are concerned that the Old Town Market will detract from their own sales. In response, a market committee has been formed to oversee operations and to jury prospective vendors. Among the members of the committee are Will Bashan of Steamboat Art Company, Steve Kennedy of The Homesteader, Rob Reagin of Visia Eyewear and vendor Sandy Morris of Rising Sun Creations. An at-large spot on the committee remains open.

The rules for Old Town Market call for vendors to pay an annual membership fee of $75 and commit to attending at least 12 of the 16 market days. The weekly fee for a 10-by-10-foot space is $25.

For an application and description of the rules and policies, call Barnett at 846-1800.


-- To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205 or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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