Despite heat, bazaar brings hundreds to FM Main Street businesses

At left, Chris Ann Turner of "One of a Kind Gift Baskets" -, handles a large crowd of customers at her site at the Fort Madison Main Street Grand Bazaar on Saturday. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC


FORT MADISON – With temperatures hovering near 90 at the peak of the day Saturday, hundreds flocked to the Fort Madison Main Street’s second annual Grand Bazaar on Avenue G.

Main Street Director Cassie Gilbert, who was doling out free cotton candy during the day, said the turnout was good.

“It’s probably the hottest day of the year, but we still have had several hundred people down here today, so it’s been a success,” she said at about 1 p.m. The event went on til 5 p.m. and was free to the public and featured food, vendors, games, and in-store specials.

Brenda Derr, owner of Dollhouse Dreams, hosted a toy-testing event for children and gave away some prizes.

“Our winner for the Giraffe-A-Raffle was Nancy Clampitt from Fort Madison.  Over the past 3 months, customers could get qualified at Dollhouse Dreams with any purchase of $20.00 or more.  We are very excited that Nancy was able to become the new owner of this awesome gentle giant! Thanks Nancy,” Derr said.

She said the toy testing was also a popular event.

“The Toy Testing program was sponsored by Melissa & Doug.  We had a great response to this event as well.  This is part of the “Take Back Childhood” promotion that Melissa & Doug are currently running.

Other events included free hot dogs and a clown was on hand from C.U.R.E. Solutions. 10th Street Station was providing grilled food items and Rusty Nails and Stewart Beyer performed music at different times throughout the day. There were also games and chalk art for the kids and vendors in canopies that lined the three blocks from the 600 to 800 blocks of Avenue G.

C.U.R.E. Solutions provided “Sam” the Clown at the Grand Bazaar on Saturday. Fairfield’s Teagen Gilchrist checks out the clown’s gadgetry and gets a red nose. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC.
Kaitlin Bailey shows her Scentsy wares at her canopy along the 700 block of Avenue G as part of the Grand Bazaar on Saturday. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC.
“Rusty Nails” provides musical entertainment in the shade of the 90-degree heat Saturday at the Grand Bazaar. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC.
Jessica Conwell serves up some 10th Street Station grub as part of the Grand Bazaar. Tim, Sofia, and Raina Gilbert get ready to enjoy the freshly prepared food. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC.




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