Thursday night throngs |

Thursday night throngs

Crowds are steady at the summertime Thursday Night Markets, according to Howard Levine, executive director of the Grass Valley Downtown Association.

“It’s a lot more than last year, despite the smoke and heat,” Levine said Tuesday. “It’s almost the numbers we had at the Friday Night Markets, I’d say 3,000 to 4,000, but that’s a guess,” Levine said.

The association ran the produce market and street fair on Friday nights for years before switching in 2007 to Thursday nights to accommodate farmers and put more punch into the city’s midweek economy.

Organizers also wanted an event more geared toward locals.

“I think people are looking for something to do, and they need to be out, even in the smoke,” Levine said.

“We’ve had some very good entertainment this year, the produce has been great and the dining area has been well-received by the restaurants and street vendors,” Levine said. “We just do it and hope people enjoy it.”

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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