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Eugene Saturday Market, Eugene

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The Eugene Saturday Market is an outdoor craft market in Eugene, Oregon. It is the oldest weekly open-air crafts market in the United States. It has a festival atmosphere that includes live performers as well craft booths and food vendors. Between 3,000 and 5,000 people visit the market every Saturday.HistoryThe Eugene Saturday Market first opened on May 9, 1970 with 29 vendors. It was located on city property adjacent to a city-owned parking structure in downtown Eugene. Each vendor paid $1 to participate. On the opening Saturday, it rained all day. Nevertheless, the market was successful enough that the Eugene City Council agreed to allow the hippies to continue using the site. More vendors joined the market as the Christmas holiday approached. The first season closed on the Saturday before Christmas with about one hundred vendors crowding into the market area.At the end of the first season, established businesses adjacent to the Saturday Market venue petitioned the city to close or move the market. Lane County commissioners offered a county-owned plaza, the Park Blocks, in front of the county courthouse for the market on condition that the Saturday market incorporate and secure liability insurance. As a result, the Eugene Saturday Market was officially established. This arrangement with Lane County allowed the use of the Park Blocks only during the summer months. In the fall, the vendors were required to move to the upper level of a county-owned parking structure, known as the "butterfly lot", across the street from the Park Blocks. The Eugene Saturday Market continued to operate in those two locations until the end of the 1982 season.
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  • Be prepared to meet a huge diversity of life styles and views. From new age WooWoo to conservative approaches, though the hippie, spiritual, organic life choices dominate. You will be exposed to canna...  more »
  • Every spring I anticipate the opening of Saurday market and go there every Saturday that I am in town. It is quintessential Eugene. Lots of people, food booths, fruits and vegetables. The produce is o...  more »
  • Saturday market is a friendly fun mix of craft-people, entertainers on a live stage, and a central food stall area all located in a small city park downtown. Across the street there's a vibrant farmer...  more »
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  • Best farmers market I've ever been to. Great place to support local businesses, eat healthy, and purchase unique crafts and trinkets
  • High quality homemade products, local food,wonderful music. Expect crowds. Across the street is the Eugene Farmers Market which has reasonably priced Organic Produce and breads, meats from local shops and micro brews from local craftsman. Wonderful place indeed!
  • Lots of characters! Excellent produce. Live music and food vendors
  • We've been going since 1973 when we moved from Olympia to Eugene. We just never tire of this market. Always some to see or buy. Awesome food vendors.
  • I always love going to the Saturday Market. Lots of people, fresh made good food, variety in products, live music