PARKERSBURG - The city's Saturday Farmers' Market will remain at Point Park, at least for the next couple of weekends.
Mayor Bob Newell said vendors were happy with a move last week from Bicentennial Park to Point Park for the Saturday market and plan to continue holding the weekend market at the new location through July.
The Saturday market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., began June 15 and will run through July27.
"They wanted to start at Bicentennial Park, because that is where the regular Farmers' Market has grown up," Newell said. "This past Saturday they felt they had a good day at Point Park and wanted to stay there for the next couple Saturdays."
The move only affects the Saturday market. The regular Downtown Farmers' Market will continue to be held at Bicentennial Park, said Rickie Yeager, city planner and organizer with the market.
The city had avoided a weekend market in years past because both Marietta and Athens in Ohio have well-established Saturday markets. Most vendors interested in weekend hours already were involved with one of those two markets.
The Saturday market was piloted this summer due to vendor interest. Customer surveys also indicated some area residents were open to a Saturday market.
Yeager said about a half-dozen vendors are involved with the Saturday market.
Eventually both the summer and winter farmers' markets, and potentially any Saturday markets, will be relocated to 113 Ann St. near Point Park.
The building was obtained by the city in May through a property swap deal and is being renovated to house a permanent marketplace. Newell has said he anticipates the city's Winter Farmers' Market will be housed in the building this year.