As an update to its previously announced schedule, the first Litchfield Pickers Market of the season has been canceled. Scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 14, the event cancellation was prompted by an incident over this past weekend that caused a building collapse along the market’s route in the 300 block of North State Street.
The city’s administration shared that as of 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, structural engineers had not been on-site to give an assessment of the building(s). The city issued an official statement of their decision because they wanted to provide as much notice as possible to the vendors of market cancellation.
City administrators asked for further understanding as well, citing that much was considered when making the decision to cancel.
As noted in the published statement, “Public safety is our utmost concern and keeping the area clear of pedestrians and vendors is best. The condition of the building or adjacent buildings is still unknown, weather could impact the structure, and a fall line would have to be maintained. Alternate space was evaluated but the City wishes to be sensitive to those affected due to the incident and of business closures.”
All vendors will be notified and given the opportunity to transfer registration fees to another month or the monthly pro-rated fee refunded. “Again, we know that the decision will be criticized either way, but we want to respect our vendors by giving as much notice as possible and protecting the public’s safety,” said Litchfield Mayor Steve Dougherty. “We are thankful that everyone got out safely, and understand it was a very traumatic situation for those involved.
“Again, this was a hard decision as we understand it impacts many individuals but ask that all understand what was considered and how challenging it is for City officials and staff. We want to promote Litchfield as a great community which it is and sharing positivity is the best way to do that.”
Any questions regarding the event cancellation can be directed to the Tourism Office at (217) 324-8147 or the Administration Office at (217) 324-8151.