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Market to reopen with some surprises

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By John Whitlock

For many farmers and vendors in Owen County, the return of spring also means the return of the Owen County Farmers’ Market.

This year, over 20 vendors are expected to take part in the market, which makes its home on the grounds of the Owen County Courthouse.

Opening day for the market will be May 8 with hours from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The hours will remain the same throughout this year’s market.

One new twist could be diverting vehicle traffic from directly in front of the Owen County Courthouse. The change would allow more space for vendors and patrons while easing congestion.

Larry Ayers, chairman of the Owen County Farmers’ Market, said shutting down the small street has the support of affected businesses.

“All the businesses have supported us,” Ayers said. “They know that the farmers’ market is a great way to lure people downtown.”

For those people interested in selling at the farmers’ market, there will be a special meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Owen County Extension Service Office.

The meeting will focus on training for vendors and will cover the use of scales and accepting senior citizen coupons.

This year, there will be three special nights of shopping at the farmers’ market.

The first Friday in July, August and October have been designated as night shopping.

Ayers said Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith will keep the courthouse open late so citizens can meet and mingle with local officials.

Organizers are planning for special games and live music during the night markets.