By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan
UPDATED Aug. 31, 2016, with new Market After Dark attendance estimates
Crowds filled the streets of downtown Cedar Rapids on Aug. 27, for the second annual Market After Dark, while gardeners flocked to the Brucemore Garden & Art Show earlier in the day.
Market After Dark, the nighttime version of the Downtown Farmers Market, had less congestion than its inaugural year, thanks to a larger footprint, while both events escaped rain that had been forecast throughout the day.
Melissa McCarville, communications manager for the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, which hosts the markets, said initial estimated attendance was 34,000, the same number the event drew in its first year. A final count released Tuesday showed that estimate was less, at 27,000.
Still, with 19 blocks, compared to nine last year, “it definitely did not feel as crowded,” McCarville said, “which is a great thing.”
“We heard from attendees that they loved the new layout,” she added in an email. “People were able to get through lines quickly and several attendees enjoyed downtime, yard games and the ambiance of Greene Square.”
Many downtown businesses also were open to the thousands of visitors.
More than 45 artists and garden vendors shared their expertise and sold artwork, jewelry, and more at Brucemore, with more than 90 vendors at Market After Dark.
See images from both events, below.