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Council gets clarity on Saturday markets

February 27, 2019 - 00:00
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First Saturday on Square this weekend

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    Visitors look at produce during a Columbus Farmers Market weekend last year. The Columbus Farmers Market is now the Columbus Country Market. A separate event, Saturdays on the Square, begins this Saturday.

COLUMBUS – The Columbus City Council on Monday night got clarification from two different organizations sponsoring Saturday events on the downtown square, the first one of which is set for this weekend.

The Columbus Farmers Market, which was previously conducted multiple Saturdays during the month, and has been in existence about five years, has moved to a once-per-month event, and will be conducted the last Saturday of each month. Now called the Columbus Country Market, the event will continue to feature produce vendors, but will also include many other vendors of crafts, home-baked goods, canned items, children’s activities, music, and more.

The Columbus Country Market (formerly the Columbus Farmers Market) has received some city funding for promotion previously. Because the organization isn’t formally incorporated, those funds have passed through the Columbus Chamber of Commerce for promotion of the market.

The second event, billed as Saturdays on the Square, is independent of the city and the former farmers market (now Columbus Country Market) and will be operated by a local farmer and local merchants, including Debbie Damon, who owns a business on the square.

The first Saturday on the Square, which will include produce vendors, homemade products vendors, a Scentsy vendor, and a wide variety of other vendors, is set to take place this Saturday morning until 1 p.m.

The Colorado County Commissioners Court has granted both groups permission to use the courthouse square for their respective events.

For more information on the last Saturday of the month Columbus Country Market (formerly the Columbus Farmers Market), contact the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. For more information on Saturdays on the Square, contact Debbie Damon at B’Dazzled in Columbus.