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Cape Riverfront Market opens as drive-thru only at new temporary location

Published: May. 2, 2020 at 10:57 AM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The Cape Riverfront Market opened for the season on Saturday, May 2 at 8 a.m. in the Century Casino parking lot.

Due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus, the market is drive-thru only.

Hundreds of cars lined up Saturday morning.

Wait times reached upwards of one hour.

In order to speed up wait times, some vendors are taking pre-orders

Emily Vines, the events coordinator for Old Town Cape is encouraging people to have an idea of what they are going to purchase before they get there.

Twenty-nine vendors set up in seven different locations, featuring produce, succulents, prepared foods, homemade soaps, baked goods, and more.

CLICK HERE for a list of vendors.

Cape Farmers Market opens for the season.
Cape Farmers Market opens for the season.((Source: KFVS))

Customers should plan on entering the market at the main entrance of the casino and volunteers will navigate them through the parking lot.

CLICK HERE for a map of the drive-thru event.

For the month of May, customers will not be able to get out of their car to make purchases.

This also means there will be no live music, no demonstrations, and no outdoor sitting.

Organizers said the market opened with one main goal.

“It’s grown into this event that people love so much but really the focus is for the time being during this extreme time of uncertainty, is just we’re an outlet for people to come get those products safely that they need and also we’re just trying to give our vendors the opportunity to stay in business and continue with their lively hood,” said Vines.

Vines said she is grateful to be able to host the market at a time when the community deems it essential.

"It really is all about community and that support system," Vines said.

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