LACEY - Cooler weather greeted the opening day of the Lacey Community Market, a city-sponsored event in its seventh year that brought about 75 vendors to Huntamer Park.
Temperatures on Saturday afternoon were near 80 degrees, about 15 degrees cooler than the record-setting heat that came through the region earlier last week. The cooler weather likely helped boost attendance at the market to about 2,000, said Heidi Behrends-Cerniwey, who works in public affairs for the city and helps organize the market.
The Lacey Community Market used to be held every weekend, but rather than compete with the Olympia Farmers Market, organizers decided three years ago to limit it to three dates in the summer, she said. This way the market can have the feel of a special event, complete with music and activities for children, Behrends-Cerniwey said. Saturday’s theme for the market was “home and garden day,” and the next two markets, in August and September, will focus on pets and families respectively, she said.
The market featured familiar treats such as hot dogs and kettle corn, but it also offered arts and crafts and booths for nonprofits and other community organizations.
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Pottery maker Ron Brown of Lacey and his business, Skyridge Pottery, was one of the vendors at the Saturday event.
Brown, who has been making pottery since 1995, said he participates in the market to sell some pottery, support the community and listen to music.
“It’s a way to get my creative outlet and to meet people,” he said. Brown was selling bowls, mugs and colorful fish.
Brown plans to be a part of the market in August and September, he said.
Betty Jacobson of Olympia stopped at the market on her way to the grocery store. She enjoys the variety of offerings, she said.
“Having a program is a nice touch too,” she said in reference to the music at the park. On stage was The Johnny Lewis Band, playing swing and big-band music while couples dance nearby.
Carol Brown of Tumwater came to hear the music because she had heard the Johnny Lewis Band play before at downtown’s performing arts center, she said. “It’s a beautiful park and day so I couldn’t ask for anything better,” she said.