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Locals, business owners reflect on Market Days over the years

  • Heather Tiberi of Penacook hands a frozen treat to her daughter Addison Tiberi, 2, during the 40th annual Market Days Festival in downtown Concord on July 17, 2014. Tiberi and Alicha Kingsbury, right, of Loudon, passed out fliers for East Concord Cooperative Preschool while they strolled North Main Street with their children. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

    Heather Tiberi of Penacook hands a frozen treat to her daughter Addison Tiberi, 2, during the 40th annual Market Days Festival in downtown Concord on July 17, 2014. Tiberi and Alicha Kingsbury, right, of Loudon, passed out fliers for East Concord Cooperative Preschool while they strolled North Main Street with their children. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

  • Main Street Concord at dusk looking northeast from the top of the Capitol Commons building on South Main near Pleasant Street all the way up to Centre Street.

    Main Street Concord at dusk looking northeast from the top of the Capitol Commons building on South Main near Pleasant Street all the way up to Centre Street.

  • Kyle Webber sings with Ghost Dinner Band at the Homegrown Music Stage during Market Days in downtown Concord on July 17, 2014. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

    Kyle Webber sings with Ghost Dinner Band at the Homegrown Music Stage during Market Days in downtown Concord on July 17, 2014. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

  • North Main Street in Concord bustles with pedestrians enjoying the first day of the 40th annual Market Days Festival on July 17, 2014. The three-day festival features live music, booths and food. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

    North Main Street in Concord bustles with pedestrians enjoying the first day of the 40th annual Market Days Festival on July 17, 2014. The three-day festival features live music, booths and food. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

  • Scott Denoncourt performs a trick known as the Decade on his bicycle during Market Days in downtown Concord on July 17, 2014. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

    Scott Denoncourt performs a trick known as the Decade on his bicycle during Market Days in downtown Concord on July 17, 2014. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

  • North Main Street in Concord bustles with pedestrians enjoying the first day of the 40th annual Market Days Festival on July 17, 2014. The three-day festival features live music, booths and food. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

    North Main Street in Concord bustles with pedestrians enjoying the first day of the 40th annual Market Days Festival on July 17, 2014. The three-day festival features live music, booths and food. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

  • Heather Tiberi of Penacook hands a frozen treat to her daughter Addison Tiberi, 2, during the 40th annual Market Days Festival in downtown Concord on July 17, 2014. Tiberi and Alicha Kingsbury, right, of Loudon, passed out fliers for East Concord Cooperative Preschool while they strolled North Main Street with their children. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)
  • Main Street Concord at dusk looking northeast from the top of the Capitol Commons building on South Main near Pleasant Street all the way up to Centre Street.
  • Kyle Webber sings with Ghost Dinner Band at the Homegrown Music Stage during Market Days in downtown Concord on July 17, 2014. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)
  • North Main Street in Concord bustles with pedestrians enjoying the first day of the 40th annual Market Days Festival on July 17, 2014. The three-day festival features live music, booths and food. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)
  • Scott Denoncourt performs a trick known as the Decade on his bicycle during Market Days in downtown Concord on July 17, 2014. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)
  • North Main Street in Concord bustles with pedestrians enjoying the first day of the 40th annual Market Days Festival on July 17, 2014. The three-day festival features live music, booths and food. (WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

At Market Days yesterday, Concord native Paulette Ferlane walked up and down Main Street, pointing out which tents were new and recognizing ones that have become fixtures at the event over the years. This year marks the 40th annual Market Days, and she has attended each one so far.

“This whole thing used to extend a lot farther south, if I remember correctly,” said Ferlane, 58. “Has it grown over the years? Oh jeepers, yes. Some of the years, it’s bigger than others. I think last year it was the smallest I had seen in awhile, probably because of the weather. Today is great, though.”

Clear skies were a welcome change for many of the vendors at this year’s festival, and while yesterday afternoon’s scene drew a decent crowd, many hoped for more shoppers in the evening.

“It seems to be a bit of a slow start,” said Betty Shook of Gilford, who ran a tent representing Marshall’s Magnetic

Jewelry. “But hopefully this evening there will be more, plus Saturday should be good.”

“Just wait until Saturday,” Ferlane said with a knowing smile. “It’ll be bumper to bumper.”

Marshall’s Magnetic Jewelry doesn’t have a permanent store, but Shook said they sell pieces online and at craft shows. The all-natural magnetic stones have therapeutic use, she said, and the Market Days crowd seemed like a good way to reach new customers in the New Hampshire area.

“We’ve been making this jewelry for nine years now, but this is our first Market Days,” Shook said. “A lot of people don’t know, but these magnets are really beneficial health-wise. When you wear a strong magnetic field like this, it slightly magnetizes the iron in your blood and that will increase circulation, which reduces swelling. We’re here to spread the word a bit.”

A few feet down, Holli Siff worked at a tent in front of the Viking House store at 19 N. Main St.

“We’re having good traffic,” she said. “People are so thrilled about the weather. Everyone is out with their kids and their dogs and their strollers; it’s so fun.”

Siff said she thought the Viking House had participated in Market Days for at least 25 years, but she worried about the impact of potential Main Street construction on next year’s event.

“I hope this can continue,” she said.

The crowds in Bicentennial Square weren’t quite as busy as Main Street, but Tom Arnold, owner of Arnie’s Place restaurant, saw a steady flow of customers at his tent set up across from a live music group. He said the community atmosphere was the biggest draw for him.

“This is what makes Concord feel like a town and not a city,” he said. “Back before shopping malls, it was always Friday night that was shopping night. We all saw each other and everyone knew each other. Now, you come to something like this and people know each other again. It’s fun.”

Ferlane said she was looking forward to next year’s Market Days, which she hoped would involve some celebration of the city’s 250th anniversary celebration.

“At the 200th anniversary, I was a young whippersnapper and now I guess I’m an old whippersnapper,” she said. “But next year, I bet they’ll do something big for it. There will be a lot going on.”

This year, Ferlane had a few places in mind to stop at to do some preliminary Christmas shopping for nieces and nephews, but said she was mostly there for the fresh air.

“I hope they have the Make A Wish tent up here somewhere; I love giving to that one,” Farlane said. “You’ve got to get up to the lawn by the State House too; there’s always a lot up there. It’s a great week.”

(Ann Marie Jakubowski can be reached at 369-3302 or ajakubowski@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @AMJakubowski.)

Legacy Comments2

Actually I though there was a decent crowd for a workday and it definitely filled in by evening. I manned a booth for a while and met a bunch of nice families. The weather makes all the difference, last year we had the microburst that destroyed a lot of tents. This year it is perfect.

Think I saw ya 'manning' the GOP Target Practice booth. You were wearing camouflage fatigues & cap, donning bandolero ammo belts, chomping a cee-gar stub, while handing out elephant guns for folks to aim at life-size targets of Boehner, Romney, Ayotte, Brown, et al. Big sign over the tent; HIT THE REPUB, WIN A PRIZE!

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