Trendy market calls Centennial home

Artisans, farmers event strives to unite city, showcase local business

Deborah Grigsby Smith
Local blues crooner Michael Donegan get a high five from a young fan as his band, The Black and Blues Guys, busts out a few classics at the Centennial Artisans and Farmers Market, held Saturday, July 12 at Centennial Center Park.
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Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon takes a break from shopping at the Centennial Artisans and Farmers Market to get a tattoo. The Mayor’s temporary glitter tattoo is the creation of Lael Taylor, co-owner of of Tart and Tatley, a Centennial-based vendor specializing in “lemonade and tattoos, and all things fun.”
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Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon enjoys a “high level” meeting with event producer Robin Loughran, left, and firefighter, Jim Miller, center, as he and South Metro Fire Rescue Authority demonstrate the far reaching capabilities of their tower truck at the Centennial Artisans and Farmers Market, Saturday, July 12 at Centennial Center Park.
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A bird’s eye view of the Centennial Artisan and Farmers Market from 90 feet, thanks to the tower truck from South Metro Fire Rescue Authority. The monthly market blends locally grown produce, art, music and food trucks with all the amenities of Centennial Center Park.
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Chef Tim Martin sizes up a Colorado-style cheese steak sandwich at the Centennial Artisans and Farmers market, Saturday, July 12 at Centennial Center Park. Martin, who owns Gusto’s Kitchen, was one of several area food trucks featured at the monthly event.
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Hearty beefsteak tomatoes are among the many locally grown finds at the Centennial Artisan and Farmers Market. The monthly event is held every second Saturday through August.
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Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon dons a firefighter’s helmet before taking a ride in South Metro Fire Rescue Authority’s tower truck. The Mayor and SMFRA were on hand Saturday, July 12 at the Centennial Artisan and Farmer’s Market held at Centennial Center park.
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Blues bassist Mark Lane makes music up-close and personal as he mugs it for the camera during the Centennial Artisans and Farmers market held Saturday, July 12, at Centennial Center Park. Lane plays with The Black and Blues Guys, a local band that specializes in anything from ‘classic blues to classic rock.”
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Centennial's very own Artisans and Farmers Market drew crowds to Centennial Center Park on July 12.

The monthly event brings together an eclectic mix of artisans, crafters, local produce growers, musicians and gourmet food trucks, all fresh for the picking every second Saturday, through August.

“It's great! I just spent $50,” jokes Centennial District 3 Councilmember Mark Gotto. “Really, it's a great event that supports our local vendors. It also is a great step towards bringing both sides of the city together in a fun, family-friendly environment.”

Molly Feldman, of Highlands Ranch, said the market has something for everyone.

“It's nice that I can kind of make a trade with my granddaughter,” explained Feldman. “I tell her if she'll go to the market with Nana, then we'll go to the park afterwards. A true win for both of us.”

Event producer Robin Loughran says the market already boasts more than 40 vendors, with newcomers being added each market day.

“While this is just our first year, the response has been overwhelming,” said Loughran. “And by the end of the market season, we hope that number passes 50.”

Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon thinks the market is a perfect pairing with the city's namesake park.

“This is just another reason for residents to come out and experience our award-winning park,” said Noon. “It's a great event with great vendors and when you think about it, Centennial Center Park is meant to be a gathering place, and that's what where here to celebrate.”

As a matter of fact, the next market, scheduled for Aug. 9, will be held in conjunction with Centennial's summer signature event, Centennial Under the Stars.

“This will be our first night market, starting at 6 p.m.,” said Loughran. “We're blending two really cool events that really help punctuate Centennial's sense of identity.”

Upcoming events at Centennial Center Park:

Summer Stars Concert Series - Jo Dee Messina, July 19 - 5 p.m.

Friday Film Fest - “How to Train Your Dragon,” July 25 - Entertainment begins at 7 p.m., movie at dusk

Artisans and Farmers Market and Centennial Under the Stars - Aug. 9, 6 - 10 p.m.

For more information: www.centennialco.gov/events, 303-325-8000.

For booth space and vendor list, visit www.ducksinarowdenver.com.

Where is the park? 13050 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial, Colo. 80112 (North side of Arapahoe Road, between S. Revere Pkwy. and S. Vaughn St., adjacent to Centennial Civic Center)