The grand re-opening of the Litchfield Pickers Market is FINALLY here! In conjunction with Mother’s Day, the Litchfield Pickers Market will re-open for the first time since 2019 starting at 9 AM on Sunday, May 9, 2021. This portable vintage and antique market will be open from 9 AM – 3 PM in Downtown Litchfield (use 400 N. State Street for your GPS). Bring out the motherly figure in your life to celebrate with an afternoon of reminiscing, shopping, and making new memories.
The Litchfield Pickers Market is the largest open-air pickers market in the area and is located less than 3 miles off of Interstate 55. This market specializes in antiques, collectibles, vintage items, and refurbished items. The opening of the May 9th market celebrates the launching of the sixth season after a one-year hiatus.
Each month the Litchfield Pickers Market welcomes musicians to perform at the Carnegie Park stage. During the May 9th market, the Mound City Slickers will kick off the day and perform live from 9 AM to 11:30 AM, followed by B & B Strings from Noon to 3 PM. You are sure to enjoy these two acts, so make sure to bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket!
This year, the Litchfield Pickers Market will have some structural changes to ensure public safety and sanitation standards for visitors, vendors, and staff. These changes include the following: Vendor areas have expanded to ensure adequate social distancing. There will be one empty space between each vendor booth, and on narrower streets, vendors will only be located on one side of the street. Due to these changes, vendors will be in additional locations, so make sure to walk and view all areas of the market. The City of Litchfield will follow the CDC’s mask mandates, so please stay up to date with these policies. Please follow safe social distancing practices of six feet or more for all individuals you encounter, this includes other visitors, vendors, volunteers, and employees. To aid in public sanitation efforts, everyone will be asked to directly dispose of their own trash into provided dumpsters located on block of the market. Music will still be held in the park, but visitors will be required to bring their own seating to avoid the frequently touched surfaces of communal picnic tables. The City of Litchfield will be following the guidelines set forth by the CDC and will adapted them as deemed necessary throughout the year. The Litchfield Pickers Market is appreciative of the public’s understanding and cooperation in implementing these changes. The Litchfield Tourism Office and Prairie Pickers are excited to bring this event back to the public.
Additionally, to make the most of your Pickers Market experience, it is recommended to bring totes, wagons, carts, pick-up trucks, and anything that will help haul all the great treasures you will find at the Litchfield Pickers Market. There is no cost to enter the market. With multiple entry points, visitors can park around the perimeter and enter the market (just be sure to adhere to applicable parking signage). Remember, animals are not permitted at the Litchfield Pickers Market. While you are exploring the market, please check out the exclusive 2021 Litchfield Pickers Market t-shirt found at the Litchfield Tourism Information Booth. This t-shirt was created by fans of the market. Visitors can also purchase other Litchfield Pickers Market gear (shirts, hats, and tote bags) at the Tourism Information Booth in front of the flagpole in the park! At this booth, volunteers can supply you with Litchfield information, answer questions about the market and the City of Litchfield. Food will be available along State Street located at every intersection. Food vendors and their locations are listed at the Tourism Information booth as well as on the Litchfield Pickers website : http://visitlitchfield.com/events/litchfieldpickersmarket/.
The following roads will be closed on May 9 (and every second Sunday of the Month through October) from 4 AM to 5:30 PM for the Litchfield Pickers Market: State Street from Union Ave./Route 16 to the south entrance of the Brown Shoe Apartments, Ryder Street and Kirkham Street from Monroe Street to Madison Street, Edwards Street from Monroe Street to Jefferson Street, Monroe Street from Union Ave./Route 16 to Edwards Street, and Jackson Street from Union Ave./Route 16 to Edwards Street. Any vehicles left in these areas during this time, will be towed at the owner’s expense.
For more information please follow the “Litchfield Pickers Market” Facebook page or log onto the website: http://visitlitchfield.com/events/litchfieldpickersmarket/ or call the Litchfield Tourism Office Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM (calls cannot be answered on the weekends) 217-324-8147.
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