Hastings Barn Market extends after successful weekend
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The first ever Hastings Barn Market turned out to be quite successful this weekend. It brought in so much that organizer Marla Anders decided to bring it back for another week.
“It’s been very, very successful for everyone and so I thought ‘gosh why not do this another weekend?’" Anders told Local4 News. "So basically we’ll do the same thing next week but have some new vendors come in.”
The event is similar to the annual barn festival, but vendors weren’t sure what to expect this year. It started on Thursday, September 24 and wrapped up Sunday, September 27.
The hundreds of people who visited helped support businesses that may not have seen a lot these last few months.
“We are very, very pleased. I think a lot of people wanted to get out and have a good time,” Anders said. "I think the isolation has been difficult. It’s been a difficult year for everyone. I think that’s one of the reasons when you walk around, you’ll see so many people smiling and having a good time.'
If you saw vendors smiling, it may have been because they were getting more business in these few days than they had all year.
“With the Coronavirus I think it’s hard,” Jacque Cranson, Owner of Small Town Famous in downtown Hastings, said. “A lot of events have gotten canceled and it definitely hurts businesses. With businesses being closed for a certain amount of time, this is something where people can make up a lot of their sales for the year. There are so many small businesses here and it’s really important because it’s everyone biggest event of the year.”
Jacque Cranson had a really great week for sales and just across the walkway, Mark Fideli with Dave’s Coffee Cakes said they had great sales as well.
“We’ve been coming here for about five years and this has been a record selling barn for us,” Fideli said. “We sold out three separate times and I made three separate trips to Iowa to meet the bakery halfway and restock.”
He says his bakery lost about 75 percent of their sales this year and events like this definitely help make up for it.
“It was so nice of Marla to do this because it gave us a chance to come out and actually do a real event and we may only have three or four left the entire year,” Fideli said.
Both Cranson and Fideli will be back at the market this coming weekend for round two of the event. It will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For vendors interested in getting involved, you can reach out to Marla Anders through the event’s Facebook page. More information will also be posted to their Facebook page, including whether or not they bring back the shuttle service for parking at the Adams County Fairgrounds.
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