Quick response and community effort saved Market Days
Around midnight on July 20, a storm whipped through Concord’s downtown, destroying many tents set up for Market Days and turned this popular festival into a disaster area. I would like to thank the Concord Police for their quick response to this event, and the many volunteers and staff from Intown Concord who worked tirelessly throughout the night picking up debris and physically moving tents back into position, as well as piling up the tents that were too damaged to be used again. By the time I arrived at 6:45 a.m., much of the debris had been moved, but there was still so much to be done. Through the perseverance of these volunteers and the vendors, we were able to open on time for the last day of this popular event.
Again, late Saturday, another gust of wind came through downtown and the same staff and volunteers from Intown, along with shoppers at the event, helped us to hold down tents that were in jeopardy of blowing away once again. I would like to extend my gratitude to Intown Concord, the many volunteers, the Concord Police and the community for stepping up to help keep Market Days alive for yet another year. It is a pleasure to be part of such a great community.
PAULA GENOVESE, Hilltop Consignment Gallery