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City’s annual Market Day returns Saturday

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Burgeoning farmers market bike tour also slated for this weekend

By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — The city of Brighton will be holding its annual Market Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, along North and South Main Street in the historic downtown.

The event is designed to celebrate the city’s agricultural heritage and attendees will be able to purchase local produce, consult with master gardeners and shop in the city’s downtown. 

Event Coordinator Gary Montoya said they have changed the location of the event this year. 

“The last couple of years we’ve had the event at the Brighton Agricultural Center, which is pretty much the library parking lot, and we made the decision to change venues to increase our visibility and encourage participation from the downtown merchants and stakeholders,” he said.

Representatives will be present from the Colorado State University Extension, the Brighton Historic Preservation Commission, the Adams County Historical Society, Platte Valley Medical Center, Brighton Shares the Harvest, Brighton Blooming Buddies Garden Club, and the Brighton Bee Club. Produce from Sakata, Petrocco and Palizzi farms will be sold as fundraisers for the Brighton Rotary, Brighton Sister Cities and Zion Lutheran Church. Entertainment will be provided by Brighton Jazz beginning at 11 a.m.

The third annual farmer’s market bike tour, hosted by Treads Bicycle Outfitters will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bike tour will start at Treads with participants biking to Palizzi, Sakata, Berry Patch Petrocco, and Lulu’s farms, according to Manager Peter Phibbs. 

“There should be samples and water available at all stops and a member of the family is going to come out and give us about a 20 minute presentation on what they produce, who they sell it to, how long they’ve been in business, their future, and stuff like that, and then there will be some prizes and food at the end,” he said.

Those interested in joining the bike tour this year, are asked to pre-register on the Armory’s website, www.brightonarmory.org. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at Treads prior to ride and cost $10 per person or $30 for a family of three or more. 

 

Contact Staff Writer Crystal Nelson at 303-659-2522, ext. 223, or email at cnelson@metrowestnewspapers.com.