Show must go on for the Main Street Marketplace

August 6, 2013 by  

Although temporarily canceled due to rain and thunderstorms in the area in late July, Torrington’s fourth annual Main Street Marketplace will be in full swing the upcoming four Thursdays in August.

The event was created to attract more business in the downtown area. Thursdays historically used to be the busiest day for Torrington’s local merchants to sell their wares, and now these Thursday nights in July and August allow Main Street businesses more time to entice customers. The open air market provides over 60 vendors offering food, arts and crafts, and fresh farm produce. Other tents house local organizations and businesses.

Outdoor dining gives the venue a European appeal, and the 20 food vendors offer such treats as fried dough, Italian ice, yogurt, frozen lemonade, ice cream, hot dogs, iced coffee, and cupcakes. Giv Coffee donates $2 from every purchase to area charities.

The 1,500 nightly attendees milling around Main Street can also enjoy stilt-walkers, a jazz band, puppeteers, and clowns. Beginning at 8:00 pm, entertainers from Torrington’s Area Fire Performers and Ravenbane’s FireCraft will present a free hour-long fire show in the City Hall parking lot.

Poster printing is necessary every year, as two new posters are created annually. Students from Connecticut Academy for the Art will design one, and the other will be a picture of 1938 Main Street.

This year’s Marketplace will be held Thursday nights, August 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please note that Main Street will be blocked off between Church and Water Streets.