For the first time in 27 years, Old Town Clovis will not host its summer farmers market this Friday evening.
Carole Lester, executive director of the Business Organization of Old Town, said sweltering temperatures and poor air quality led to the decision. The smaller Saturday market centered around the area of Fifth Street and Pollasky Avenue will happen as planned from 8-11:30 a.m.
“The police sent out a warning about the air, and we’re hearing 111 or 112 degrees,” Lester said. “The asphalt would make that between 115 and 120.”
In addition, air quality tends to worsen later in the day.
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The decision was made Wednesday because growers pick produce for the market on Thursdays, Lester said. The market typically runs from 5:30-9 p.m. every Friday between May and September.