Grant Fineran, organizer of the farmers market in Denison, and Brian Kempfert, Denison Parks & Rec director, said the premiere of Market in the Park couldn’t have gone better on Saturday morning at Washington Park.
Fineran envisioned that the first Market in the Park would have 10 to 15 vendors and draw about 100 people.
He believes about 250 people strolled through the park, checking out the vendors set up along the sidewalks, in a fairly constant manner.
He contrasted this with the old farmers market which he said is really busy when it opens at 3 p.m. and then slows down until 5 p.m. The Thursday Denison Farmers Market will continue this year.
“I believe this is a better atmosphere for everybody, more vendors and access to the shade,” said Fineran toward the close of Saturday’s event.
Kempfert said the turnout was great.
“For the first time, I didn’t know what to expect, but people are showing up and supporting the market,” he said. “I hope it keeps on going.”
Fineran added that Market in the Park exposed people who have a small business to another marketing avenue.
“What’s really good is everyone is a getting a little bit of business, which will bring them back the following weeks,” he said.
Vendors are not charged a fee to participate.