Market Days Here Again
By Kellie Bucy
Johnson City’s Market Days kick off for another year this weekend.
The 55 vendor spots sold out weeks ago with a growing waiting list and many already planning for April, May and the rest of the season.
“They do so well at Lights Spectacular – it’s a slam dunk – they come back,” said Frances Ann Giron from the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce.
With many repeat vendors including Texas Hill Country Olive Company in Dripping Springs and local artisans selling jewelry, home goods, food and furniture. Giron also expects vendors from Arlington, Austin, New Braunfels and across the state of Texas this weekend.
Some of the new vendors Giron is excited for are the variety of food vendors expected this weekend. Visitors can grab lunch at DeLeon Family BBQ, EB Diner and other food trailers. Italian ice, pop corn and baked goods are also being sold by vendors. To raise money locally the First Baptist Church will be selling sausage on a stick and Johnson City Head Start will be selling baked goods.
Giron is looking forward to new vendor, Cameo Farms who will be bringing plants and hanging baskets.
She expects a grand turnout receiving word that large groups, some up to 60 people, plan to add Johnson City Market Days to their list of stops for the weekend. With more local and out of town attention than ever, Giron has high hopes for the 2018 Market Days season.
“Should be a banner year, it’s gonna be great,” said Giron.
Market Days began several years ago but it hasn’t been until the last few years that its taken off and gained wide popularity. Giron contributes this to better organization at the Chamber of Commerce and the efforts of Myron Uecker, Chamber of Commerce member, Market Days vendor and former agriculture teacher for Johnson City.
“Everyone is contributing to make this successful,” said Giron.
Hill Country Wireless is setting up an internet hot spot for the weekend, electric is being upgraded at Memorial park for Market Days and Rick Pratt, Johnson City Sign Shop is making signs to mark security vehicles that will monitor the vendor area over Friday and Saturday night.
Starting last year, vendors were allowed to setup their booths on Friday afternoon. Overnight security and vendor breakfast provided Saturday morning make it easy for Market Days to open promptly at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Market Days is this weekend March 24 and 25 and the fourth weekend of every month from now until November. Vendors open their booths at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Market Days is located in downtown Johnson City at Memorial Park on Main St.