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Community market returns to Tift Park

The market is open on Saturdays (Source: WALB) The market is open on Saturdays (Source: WALB)
The market moved to a parking lot until the park clean up was completed (Source: WALB) The market moved to a parking lot until the park clean up was completed (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A weekend arts and crafts and farmers market in Albany has returned to its old stomping grounds.

Saturday will be the second weekend Tift Park Community Market will set up in Tift Park.

In January, a vicious wind storm destroyed the park.

Hundred year old oak trees were snapped in half and thrown to the ground, leaving behind quite a mess. The city had to wait for the green light from FEMA to begin cleaning up the park.

In the meantime, the market set up for the beginning of their season in a parking lot across the street.

Friends of Tift Park Chairman Stephen Brimberry said the move hurt vendors. He said less traffic flow and having to downsize led to fewer customers.

Now that the market has returned to the park, Brimberry hopes the markets customers will return too.

"This is going to be a rebuilding year," Brimberry said. "I think the city realizes that when they come out to the market. They're just happy that we're back and will be patient."

The market will host some events in the coming weeks hoping to draw in customers.

They'll host Christmas in July on July 29 during which Santa will make a visit.

On August 5, they'll hold a community reunion day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market is open in the park every Saturday from 9 to 2 p.m. until the end of October.

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