Farmers market returns to Main Street

This year’s Farmers Market on Main season will feature a variety of musical talents.

Jenny Etter, director of the Marshalltown Central Business District, said she has staggered musical acts throughout the 19-week street fair, which gets its first week underway Thursday. The farmers market runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Thursday along Main Street east of Center Street.

Roughly 30 vendors offering fruits, vegetables, milk, honey, bread and other such items have already signed up to participate. Etter said the market looks to be slightly bigger than it was last year.

The kickoff will feature 2012 Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Rich Casciato and his band. The seven-piece band and backup singers will perform four times throughout the season.

“It’s the party-popper for the whole schabang,” Etter said.

Face painting, balloon art, hula hoops and games will also be available for children at the farmers market. Local children’s favorite William and Blackjack will also be on hand.

As the season progresses, Etter said other musical acts will perform every few weeks. For the weeks without live performances, DJs will provide music.

Other festivities are slated as well. The Thursday before the Iowa State University and University of Iowa football game, local grillers Bruce Campbell and Lew Miller will square off in a barbecue contest. Smokin G’s will also provide barbecue once a month.

Hy-Vee is sponsoring the Lincoln Highway Band’s performance June 6 and will sell root beer floats at the event. Just as last year, the proceeds will go to help fund the Fourth of July fireworks display.

Etter said CBD will also do a weekly vendor highlight.

“Keep it fresh, and every month I am trying to do some really nice entertainment,” she said. “They come up town; they can buy produce, honey and bread and hear some really nice music and have the kids play -have a nice family night up town is the whole focus. Family night on the square: be there.”

The street will be closed from Center Street to First Avenue along Main Street for the duration of the farmers market.