After last year's record-setting flood in downtown Cedar Rapids, this year's event hosts over 160 vendors. The City is in the process of its' "Rebuild Downtown" post-flood event(our river crested on Friday, June 13, 2008 at over 31 feet) and the attendance at the last Farmers Market drew thousands of folks downtown!
The response from the community is outstanding (even though we had rain for the first event this year -- and the weather is looking very "weepy" for the second event on June 20, 2009) - my husband and I will be there - rain or shine!
Here's the updated information from their Web site for the June 20th event:
The Cedar Rapids Downtown District is excited for another Downtown Farmersí Market this Saturday, from 7:30a.m.-Noon. More than 160 Iowa market vendors, a variety of live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and more, will be found in our new venue of 3rd and 4th Avenues, 2nd and 3rd Streets, and Greene Square Park.
Parking downtown is free and open to the public in 4th Avenue, and includes on-street availability. Handicapped accessible parking will be available in the True North Parking lot along 5th Street SE. Visitors should note that the event will kick off rain or shine, except for in severe weather.
This Saturdayís market will be packed with entertainment for people of all ages to enjoy! Visitorís will shop and mingle to the talents of Silverwings, Theatre Cedar Rapids, original talent from open mic sessions, performances by Jenny Cline Centre for Dance of the Jane Boyd Center, the popular Junk Funk and acoustic street entertainer, Mark Brown. We also invite patrons to learn tricks around the grill at a cooking demonstration by Bricks Bar & Grill, and play catch with Kernels baseball players in Greene Square Park! Imaginations will soar at Story Time by the Cedar Rapids Public Library, or while participating in activities hosted by the Iowa Childrenís Museum.
To ensure that everyone has an enjoyable experience, the Farmersí Market has a Green Space sponsor and Recycling program, a pet policy for our furry friends, and qualified vendors can now accept WIC (Women, Infant Children) Checks.
Thanks to June 20 market Corporate Sponsors: GreatAmerica Building, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, ITC Midwest, the Eastern Iowa Airport, and Guaranty Bank. Thanks to media partners: Hoopla, 100.7 the Fox, 600 WMT AM, Corridor Business Journal, KHAK, KCRG-TV9, The Gazette, Mediacom, and Z102.9, and 1600 ESPN.
Now you know why we cast our vote for the Cedar Rapids Downtown District Farmers Market to be the $5,000 winner! You can help us "Rebuild Downtown"! Thank you!
Debbie & Craig Mrkvicka
Life-long Cedar Rapids residents (proud of their community)
Check out their Web site to learn more: http://www.downtowncr.org/Default.aspx and click on the link for the Farmers Market.