Farmers Market open on Saturday

From staff reports

The cause of the fire that destroyed a large building at the Washington County Fairgrounds Monday morning is being left undetermined by the state fire marshal.

The fire burnt down the fairground’s 9,280 square foot Rabbit and Poultry Building, which housed the weekly River City Farmers Market. The fire also destroyed thousands of dollars of merchandise kept in the building by vendors of the market.

Earlier this week, a K-9 unit was used to sniff for the presence of accelerants, such as gasoline, at the site. That too is being left undetermined at this time, said Marietta Fire Chief C.W. Durham.

Durham said an investigation into the fire could be opened back up if new information comes to light.

Though the building that housed the Marietta River City Farmer’s Market was destroyed, vendors are eager to open their doors this Saturday beneath the grandstands at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The damage totals are unknown at this point, but significant losses to crafts, goods and personal items have not broken the spirit of the area artists, farmers and hobbyists.

“We can’t look at it as things we have lost, instead we choose to recognize the things we have,” said Debbie Cunningham, vice-president of the River City Farmer’s Market.

Support can be shown by patronizing the local market this Saturday. For those who wish to donate, there has been a relief fund created in the markets name through Advantage Bank.

The River City Farmers Market has quickly grown into an attractive Saturday destination for locals and visitors alike. Helping to bring fresh, local, homegrown produce, meat and poultry, organic honey, homemade baked goods, gourmet cheeses, handmade decor and crafts to the Mid-Ohio Valley, the local market continues to grow in popularity each week