The annual Hesperia Civic Market & Street Faire wrapped up a difficult third season on September 28. Since the events debut in May, uncooperative weather provided considerable challenges for market coordinators and participating vendors.


"In a nutshell, things went okay" despite the challenges said Recreation Supervisor Brandon McAnulty.


Testing the markets' third season the most were strong winds and 99-plus degree heat.


"Unfortunately, it seems like every Wednesday afternoon is a windstorm. The winds wreak havoc with our vendors' setups and merchandise, and thusly, our vendor attendance takes a hit when the weather is not ideal," said McAnulty.


Even so, some market goers were satisfied with this years' market experience overall.


"I like shopping at the market because of the things I can buy that I can't find in the stores," said market goer Adriana Carreno of Hesperia.


Participating vendors such as Gloria Diaz of Diaz Produce and John Beverly of J & B Farms think things could have gone better at this year's market.


Diaz said the hot weather was the primary problem, while Beverly said that the season was "good, but could be better" as far as attendance. Both vendors would consider returning next season.


Due to the initial slow attendance and weather, McAnulty adjusted the start time for the market from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hesperia resident, Barbara Giordano appreciated the later start time "because it is more accommodating for families, giving kids more time to settle in after school."


Even more changes are expected for next year's summer event.


"We're taking a hard look at the day, and hours, of operation. Also, there will be some construction going on in the immediate area surrounding Hesperia Civic Plaza Park that must be factored in to any decisions," said McAnulty.


For more information on next year's market contact 760 244-5488 or visit www.hesperiacivicmarket.com.