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DDA board seeks to bring Farmers Market downtown

The market was held on 15th street in the downtown area until 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions moved the event to Frontier Park.

Downtown Cheyenne Sign (Lisa Hushbeck/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — In the fall time, Cheyenne community members look forward to purchasing homemade goods at the local Farmers Market. The market was held on 15th street in the downtown area until 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions moved the event to Frontier Park.

Hoping to bring more hustle and bustle into the heart of the city, the Downtown Development Authority board unanimously voted on Thursday to draft a plan that would bring the downtown market back.

The market runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. from the first week in August through the first week in October. More than 40 vendors from Wyoming and Colorado gather with fresh fruits, vegetables, artisan breads, local honey, specialty foods, native trees, flowers and organic produce. All proceeds benefit Community Action of Laramie County, a local nonprofit which helps low-income residents access healthcare, education and other resources.

Relocating the market back to the downtown area would benefit local businesses, said Thom Gabrukiewicz, the Cheyenne DDA Administrator.

“[When people came to the market] they stayed downtown, spent money, had dinner, just made a day of it,” he said during the meeting. “What we saw in the last couple of years is that people would go to the vendors [at Frontier Park], buy their things and leave and not walk around because everything was so spread out.”

Following action from the board, members will reach out to the Community Action of Laramie County with the idea and discuss the details more in-depth.


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