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Updated: 11/20/2013 08:00:02AM

Saturday in the park

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Despite the rainy weather on Saturday, the debut of the Third Saturday Market was successful, according to vendors and consumers. Here co-organizer Sergio Cruz (sitting) and other vendors Brenda Cooney (orange top), Barbara Cooper and Larry Cooper, talk under Cruz 's tent in Fort Blount Park to escape a little rain.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Jim Cooper shows a string of paracords he makes while he checks looks for the YouTube video he made that shows people how to make them. He says the bracelet is used for therapy and he's started a business with it where he shows people how they can make them and the tool he's come up with to make them. That tool is on the table behind him.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Ray Michael cooks up Italian sausage, hot dogs and onions at the inaugural Third Saturday Market event in Fort Blount Park.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


The duo, Gravity, performs at the Third Saturday Market event held Nov. 16 in Fort Blount Park.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


Giving away free samples is Corey Brown, with One Natural, which is based in Tampa.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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In the town’s first effort to attract more people downtown by making the third weekend of the month the so-called party weekend, both vendors who lined Fort Blount Park and some customers said despite the downpour the effort was a good start.

“I think this was just as successful as the time I had in Winter Haven,” said Justin Harvey, who was selling All Natural Hot Sauce. “I think I sold just as much despite the rain.”

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