GREAT FALLS — The entirety of Central Avenue remained open for the second weekend of the Great Falls Farmers’ Market due to rainy conditions that kept some vendors home Saturday morning.
The Farmers’ Market piloted an expansion to include the first block of Central Avenue in Great Falls this year, which caused — and will continue to cause, weather permitting — a partial blockage of one of Great Falls’ busiest through streets.
Last Saturday, Central Avenue was closed from the Civic Center (Park Drive North) to 2nd Street South. It was the day launching this year’s revamped version of the downtown summertime event. The additional space, according to a press release sent to MTN News in March, was meant to accommodate extra vendors.
In an updated Facebook post Tuesday, organizers announced they would postpone Saturday’s “Customer Appreciation Week” theme to the following weekend as a result of the cooler temperatures and chance of precipitation.
*Hey everyone! Well we were hoping the weather would change but it looks like there could be rain and definitely cooler…
“The market will run rain or shine,” the updated post said, “but we are going to move our event day to next week!”
Representatives of the Farmers’ Market related they had “lost a few vendors due to rainy days” in a follow-up social media post Friday afternoon, adding: “Central Avenue will stay open to traffic and extra parking. We will still have plenty of vendors filling up the park.”
Neon-pink notices will continue to be placed on parking meters along the 100 block of Central Avenue before the Farmers’ Market every week for the remainder of the summer, requesting that vehicles are not left parked overnight.
The Great Falls Farmers’ Market runs from 7:45 a.m. to noon from the first Saturday of June to the last Saturday of September in downtown Great Falls.