The annual Hesperia Civic Market & Street Faire wrapped up a difficult third season on Sept. 28. Since the event's debut in May, uncooperative weather provided considerable challenges for market coordinators and participating vendors.
"In a nutshell, things went OK" despite the challenges, said Recreation Supervisor Brandon McAnulty.
Testing the markets' third season the most were strong winds and temperatures reaching above 99 degrees.
"Unfortunately, it seems like every Wednesday afternoon is a windstorm, McAnulty said. "The winds wreak havoc with our vendors' setups and merchandise ... Our vendor attendance takes a hit when the weather is not ideal."
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 Hesperia resident Adriana Carreno.
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 to 4 p.m. Hesperia resident Barbara Giordano appreciated the later start time "because it's 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," McAnulty said. "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."
For more information on next year's market, call (760) 244-5488 or visit www.HesperiaCivicMarket.com.