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Livingston Open Market ready for summer

Children pet Mo, ridden by Livingston Police Chief Ruben Chavez, during the horse’s debut with the Livingston Police squad, at the opening of the Annual Downtown Open Market in Livingston on Thursday.
Children pet Mo, ridden by Livingston Police Chief Ruben Chavez, during the horse’s debut with the Livingston Police squad, at the opening of the Annual Downtown Open Market in Livingston on Thursday. cwinterfeldt@mercedsunstar.com

If you’re craving a churro or just looking to take an evening stroll, you might want to check out the Livingston Open Market.

The outdoor market, which opened for the season last week, will happen every Thursday night until October. It kicks off at 5 p.m. on Main Street between B and D streets.

At the open market, passers-by can find anything from fresh fruit and vegetables to boots and jewelery.

According to Livingston City Manager Jose Ramirez, the market is a great way for residents to get out of their homes and meet new people in their community.

The event is also a way to stimulate some economic activity for merchants in the downtown area, Ramirez said.

He said the event can be an opportunity for people to make some extra income by being creative and setting up a booth at the market.

“(The market) gives people the opportunity to run a little business,” Ramirez said. “Sometimes these can be very successful, and before you know it, they open a bigger business in town.”

The open market also hosts several performances from a variety of local artists.

According to organizers, the goal is to include some sort of art performance each Thursday. That may include martial arts experts, Hmong dancers, Zumba instructors and ballet folklorico.

“This event can be a great platform for artists to come and display their skills,” Ramirez said. “It’s really a win-win situation because they get to promote their art and that helps draw a crowd at the market.”

Government agencies also participate in the open market by setting up booths where they easily distribute information to community members in attendance.

“We have a very diverse community, so in an event like this you have interactions between different ethnic groups, which is nice,” Ramirez said.

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