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Watertown Farm & Craft Market draws large opening day crowd (VIDEO)

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WATERTOWN — Washington Street was filled Wednesday, as the Watertown Farm & Craft Market launched its season in a big way.

Hundreds of people came out for the event, despite lower-than-expected temperatures and steady winds. Linda I. Gibbs, owner of Linda Gibbs Handmade, took the cool in stride, showing off a collection of crocheted scarves, hats and bags in front of City Hall. Her traffic was pretty busy for opening day.

“A lot of people came back,” Ms. Gibbs said. “I love seeing return customers.”

Only one problem with the unexpected chill: Ms. Gibbs said she left her winter items at home. “Go figure,” she said.

Toni M. Miller, who organized the event for the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce, said 63 vendors have registered, the largest count in the market’s 37 seasons. She said more vendors approached her Wednesday. The demand for space has led the event to stretch into Public Square for the first time.

The market includes vendors with a wide range of specialties, including fresh fruit, woodwork, wine, crafts and almost anything in between.

“They’re diversified,” Ms. Miller said. More important, their quality inspired regular customers. “There will be people coming at 7:30 in the morning for kettle corn,” she said.

The strong traffic for the city’s opening day brought excitement about good things to come.

At her stand for Black River Bubbles & Cream scented soaps and lotions, Joyce M. Brouty said she expects more shoppers to come out when schools close for the summer. “We’ll see,” she said.

Those who missed opening day will have plenty of opportunities to shop at the market. It will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 1.

Video from the market can be found at http://wdt.me/farmers-market.

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