The Historic 25th Street Farmers & Art Market starts the season with a bang -- literally. Old West outlaws will be shooting it out with a posse after robbing a wagon, while shoppers look for steals on fresh produce and paintings.
Farmers and cowboys are getting together for a shindig Saturday, when the market kicks off in cahoots with the Pioneer Days Western Festival.
Shootouts happen every hour on the hour, on Historic 25th Street between Washington Boulevard and Grant Avenue, when robbers hold up a wagon and have to be stopped by the sheriff and his posse.
The good guys and bad guys will be portrayed by members of the Weber County Sheriff's Posse.
"We'll be dressed up in clothing of the era," said Tracy Smith, a member of both the posse and the Pioneer Days Committee.
"This is our third year," he said of the shootout. "We've had really good response, and a lot of people asking about it all year -- in fact, they want us to do it every Saturday, all summer long, but our schedule won't let us."
Pretending to be in the Wild West can get really wild.
"You never know what you're going to get -- that's part of the fun with horses, and guns shooting and loud bangs, and saloon girls, and everything that goes with the Wild West," said Pioneer Days committee member Dan Musgrave. "Two years ago, we had a runaway horse. ... It was like the opening act of the rodeo."
In between the shootouts, spectators are invited to take a ride in the horse-pulled wagon. Rides cost $1.
"And when we're not doing the robbery, we'll have our horses there for people to come and see," said Smith. "Kids are more than welcome to have pictures taken with the horses. Sometimes we let them sit on them, as long as a parent OKs it."
Farmers and tractors
It wouldn't be a farmers market without produce, and there will be plenty throughout the season. Opening day features a tribute to the farmers' version of horsepower -- tractors.
The Great Basin Antique Machinery Association Show brings together everything from steam engines to kerosene engines, and tractors for everything from plowing to threshing.
Entertainment & arts
The Historic 25th Street Farmers & Art Market's weekly music series also starts with a Western flair, with a 10 a.m. performance by the Texas Trailhands, from Fort Worth, Texas; and Harrisville-based Blue Sage Band, playing folk, bluegrass and cowboy music.
Musical performances continue each week of the season, usually from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and run the gamut from jazz and funk to rock bands -- and even an orchestra.
In addition to music, market-goers will find a variety of changing events. On July 17, there will be a preview of Pioneer Days floats. Other weeks will feature a petting zoo, bird shows, and the Course A'Lure, which challenges dogs to run through an obstacle course. There will also be a recreation day, with dealers showing off the latest in RVs, boats and motorcycles.
Each week, as many as 175 vendors are expected at the market, selling fine arts, crafts, handmade clothing and jewelry, and prepared foods. Shoppers will find everything from pottery to paintings, cotton candy to crepes, and hair bows to henna tattoos.
Cooking demonstrations, by local chefs and foodies, will be at 10 a.m. each week of the market. A master gardener series is also planned, offering tips for growing plants. Organizers hope to have a weekly yoga class.
The market ends Sept. 25, in conjunction with the Harvest Moon celebration.
For more information, call 801-393-3866 or visit www.ogdenfarmersmarket.com.
- WHAT: Historic 25th Street Farmers & Art Market and Western Festival
- WHEN: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; market continues 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 25
- WHERE: Municipal Gardens, 343 Historic 25th St., Ogden
- ADMISSION: Free; 801-393-3866, http://ogdenfarmersmarket.com/