The sixth annual 13th Street District Harvest Market drew a large crowd Friday night with more than 30 vendors and artists from across Central Iowa, an array of food trucks to choose from and, in addition to the main musical act, The Pork Tornadoes, performances by various artists throughout the evening on the acoustic stage.
The street was lined with stalls boasting a wide variety of products, including jewelry, baked goods, clothing and more, and along with these vendors set up community organizations such as the Marshall County Arts and Culture Alliance, the Marshalltown Community Theater (MCT) and others. store to start conversations with event attendees.
On the north side of the street, a temporary acoustic stage was available for artists Buz Owen, Brian Herrin, Bon Jecci and The Basement Band, who each played separately between 5pm and 7.30pm. The West End Park car park was cordoned off. with various food trucks, and the popular Iowa band, The Pork Tornadoes, performed in West End Park from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m.
Event coordinator and 13th Street District Councilwoman Christine Isom said expanding the market’s footprint into the park area was something new this year, and she felt it was a great opportunity to showcase what it has to offer. Isom was also excited to have a lineup of musicians perform at the Harvest Market.
“I think it’s important because it really is – it really brings the community together to enjoy some of the goodness that’s going on in our community, spend time together and get to know your neighbors. I mean, that’s really part of the mission of 13th Street, is to be able to bring entertainment, to create a village within our community, and that spirit I think you really see during the Harvest Market,” Isom said. “We see our neighbors, we see our co-workers, we see our teachers and our friends, it’s just a good time to connect and have that opportunity.”
However, event attendees didn’t just connect with each other at the Harvest Market. They also joined the many community organizations in the street. One booth was focused entirely on getting design input on the future splash park coming to the Linn Creek District in the near future.
Bolton and Menk principal landscape architect Casey Byers, who is working on the splash park’s design, shared his thoughts and ideas about the project with visitors at his booth, and he also heard ideas from the community. Byers said the main goal Friday night was to introduce the community to the Water Plaza project so they know it’s underway, and he also hoped to get some valuable feedback in the process.
“We want this space to be a reflection of the community. It’s going to be art-focused, and culture-focused and include elements beyond just the water feature and the area for kids to play in, but a place for families to come together and really just celebrate Marshalltown and kind of the culture that’s here. ,” Byers said.
Behind the booth, a large blackboard was set up so people could leave their own design ideas for the water park, and Byers and other Bolton and Menk fellows were available to chat with whoever stopped by. Marshalltown City Planner Hector Hernandez also answered questions about the splash park.
“For the Water Plaza, I want it to be something unique in Marshalltown and bring people together,” Hernandez said. “We want it to be, or at least some of our members want it to be more than just a water plaza, more like maybe it can be used during the winter time, when the water is off, just a unique place to just spend time and hang out together.”
The Marshall County Arts and Culture Alliance also had a table at the Harvest Market, and they discussed their takepART Marshalltown initiative. Alliance Executive Director Amber Danielson said the initiative has two main facets, one of which is a call to action for the community to participate in all that Marshalltown has to offer, and the other is an interactive website, https:/ /takepartmarshalltown.org/ , which showcases the many public art experiences available throughout the city.
MCT was also nearby promoting their upcoming show “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” which will be performing on September 22-24 as well as September 29-30 at 7:30 p.m. Grimes Farm and Conservation Center hosted a collage activity for anyone who wanted to join in, and Carrie Grimes Barr promoted her book “Leonard and Mildred Play Hide and Seek at Grimes Farm.”
Many other organizations also connected with the community, and throughout the event live music echoed down 13th Street. This year’s version of the Harvest Market is topped off with a concert by the Pork Tornadoes, and the event is sure to have people looking forward to the next installment.
Contact Susanna Meyer at 641-753-6611 or [email protected]