Market on Central is worthwhile event

It offers a way for people to get downtown and meet their fellow Fort Dodgers

In the space of about two blocks of Central Avenue Thursday evening, someone could listen to live music, buy some garden goodies or craft items, see a fire engine and even meet some visiting sheriff’s deputies from other states and their canine partners.

Hot sandwiches, cold ice cream and pony rides for the kids rounded out the scene at Market on Central.

It was the final Market on Central for 2019 and great weather made it memorable.

Market on Central started in Fort Dodge nine years ago. While the days and times have varied over nearly a decade, the event has become a tradition that brings people downtown. It’s a wholesome event for the entire family.

A lot goes on behind the scenes to make the three or four hours of each Market on Central possible. A team led by Lydia Schuur, the communications specialist for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, spent hundreds of hours organizing all of this year’s market events.

In an age where everyone seems to be glued to some kind of electronic screen, it’s wonderful to have an event like Market on Central that lets people get away from the computer or the phone and go outside to meet their neighbors.

We look forward to what the Market on Central planners come up with for next year. We’re sure it will be good.

And when the 2020 events get started, we urge everyone to get out there and enjoy them.