Market Days Festival brings vendors, music to downtown Concord

  • New Hampshire Market Days started at yesterday at ten on Main Street in Concord. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Sarah Turgeon Holds her dog Smoky while Sarah Comeau clips his nails at the Pawtopia booth for the New Hampshire Market Days that started at yesterday at ten on Main Street in Concord. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Brendan Adams and David Milliken play at the New Hampshire Market Days which started at yesterday at ten on Main Street in Concord. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Makenzi Coy plays with a drum as Amy Coy and Sandi Moniz watch at the New Hampshire Market Days thastarted at yesterday at ten on Main Street in Concord. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • New Hampshire Market Days started at yesterday at ten on Main Street in Concord. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Brian Erickson former president on the Abbot-Downey Historical Society sits atop a stagecoach at the New Hampshire Market Days which started at Thursday at ten on Main Street in Concord. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Claire Kirsch gets mermaid face paint done by Tracey Lord at Market Days on Main Street in Concord on Thursday.

  • Brenda Lozier sells hand-painted glass wear at the New Hampshire Market Days started at yesterday at ten on Main Street in Concord. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Crista Zuber talks to Deb Brown at the New Hampshire Market Days started Thursday at ten on Main Street in Concord. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • New Hampshire Market Days started at yesterday at ten on Main Street in Concord. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Trevor Drouin and Nolan Pinter make jelly bead bowls at Jan Despres booth while moms Heather Drouin and Julie Pinter watch at the New Hampshire Market Days started Thursday at ten on Main Street in Concord. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Andrew of the North plays at the South Stage during the New Hampshire Market Days on Main Street in Concord. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Tall Granite Big Band plays at the Eagle Square Stage during the New Hampshire Market Days on Main Street in Concord. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Supernothing plays at the Homegrown Stage during the New Hampshire Market Days on Main Street in Concord. Maddie Vanderpool—Concord Monitor

  • Main Street in Concord is packed for the city’s Market Days Festival on Thursday. Maddie Vanderpool photos / Monitor file

Monitor staff
Published: 6/21/2018 9:52:46 PM

Frank Keijzer came to Concord from California to watch his friend play bass as part of the duo Hank and Chaz during the kickoff to the city’s Market Days Festival on Thursday.

Keijzer, 68, and also a musician, said events like this can really bring a city closer together.

“It’s good for the soul, good for the community. It’s very peaceful,” he said.

The three-day event organized by Intown Concord brings hundreds of vendors and musicians to downtown Concord every summer, and Thursday was no exception.

Main Street was shut down between Centre Street and Pleasant Street to allow dozens of vendors to set up shop and patrons to safely walk around while they shopped and snacked.

Bands and musicians will be playing at South Stage, Bicentennial Square and Eagle Square. Family-friendly activities like face painting, bounce houses and mini golf can be found sprinkled downtown and in front of the State House.

Keijzer said the city should host more events like Market Days, but he recognized the financial struggle in putting on an event of this size. He said it would be beneficial for greater publicity to attract more people. He said he also felt that more vendors, specifically food vendors, would bring more attention to the event.

“Have an open barbecue pit and get some smell in the air to attract more people,” said Keijzer, who owns a restaurant in Nashville.

Cathy McDonald, 56, of Concord was also listening to Hank and Chaz during her lunch break. She said she works near the square and could hear the music from her office. She said Market Days is a “pretty cool event” and the city should absolutely host more like it.

“I’m always looking for something to do,” she said. “I think Concord should get a dance club, if you ask me.” McDonald is new to Concord and said this was the first time she’d been to a Market Days Festival.

McDonald said she thinks events like Market Days really liven up the city, but also recognized the burden that comes along with it. She said she doesn’t think funding is available to host more regular events and the irregular traffic patterns required don’t help.

Similar to McDonald, Bridget Fitzpatrick, 24, of Hopkinton took her lunch break at the festival.

“It’s great for the local businesses,” Fitzpatrick said of the festival. “It takes a lot of man power to plan it all. And I would imagine blocking off the street would inconvenience people.”

Despite this, Fitzpatrick said she usually eats her lunch in the square and likes the change of scenery with some live music.

The Market Days Festival concludes Saturday, and a full schedule of events is available on Intown Concord’s website.

Representatives from Intown Concord could not be reached for comment in time for publication.

(Jacob Dawson can be reached at 272-6414 ext. 8325, jdawson@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @jaked156.)




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