Market Days

Wed
04
Apr

Fairfield Fest dates set

Amy Ralstin and partners David Butler and David Fairly have set the dates for the newly formed Fairfield Fest. Ralstin is in charge of the Downtown Market, while both David's are heading the Flea Market. Both are slated for the third weekend of each month, with Ralstin's as a one day event and the other as a two day.

Dates are set through November:

 

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Wed
21
Mar

2 chosen for Market Days

After entering an executive session at approximately 7:30 p.m. at the mayor's office at 121 E. Commerce – and not emerging from that session until close to midnight – Fairfield city council members voted to hire both Amy Ralstin and partners David Butler and David Fairly as Market Day directors.

The monthly event will be held both at the fairgrounds and on the square. Fairly and Butler will host their event on the third weekend of each month, beginning in April. The duo hope to bring the flea market back to what it was in the 1990s, with cheaper rates and new vendors.

“We want food vendors, plants, resale, clothes, guns, knives,” said Fairly in an interview after the meeting.

Fairly said his market will be held Friday-Sunday at the fairgrounds.

 

 

Thu
28
Dec

Market Days future rocky

City Administrator Jeff Looney presented Market Days information he compiled himself over the last few years to City Council last week. Also pictured is (seated from left) Public Works Director Clyde Woods, Police Chief Kenny Bulger, and Accessories Etc. owner Mary Small.

Photo by April Walker

Fairfield City Council discussed the future of Market Days during last week's Tuesday night meeting. According to information compiled by City Administrator Jeff Looney, Market Days has been losing $20,000 per year for five years – a total of $100,000.

Market Days Director Darlene Jones says the problem isn't vendors and shoppers, it's the city cutting her funding and a lack of visible signs to draw shoppers to the market.

Councilman Place 5 Kenny Hughes, who is running for mayor in 2018, suggested – with the support of the council – a workshop to discuss the market, its needs, and more in January.

Looney alleges the city is losing roughly $900 per month in private rentals of the Green Barn and Civic Center, which is where many vendors set up their wares; however, City Secretary Misty Richardson said she only receives “three or four calls a year about renting the Green Barn.”

“So, what's causing the decline?” asked Councilman Place 2 Randy Johnson.

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