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Downtown Chico brought to life by Thursday Night Market return

After the pandemic cancelled the 2020 Thursday Night Market, it made its return to Downtown Chico, and people were ready to be back out there in the community, as well as help the local businesses.

Posted: May 6, 2021 11:59 PM
Updated: May 7, 2021 8:17 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The Thursday Night Market made its return to Downtown Chico after being cancelled all of last year because of the pandemic.

People that were enjoying the event say for them, it feels great to be back in the community.

"Oh I love it, it's just marvelous, this is half my summer life," said Susan Bisting, a Chico native.

The market returning to downtown is like things getting back to how they used to be, Bisting shared.

"Seeing people, listening to music, eating popcorn, just everything, the fresh air," she said.

"I haven't been down here since 2019," Charli Jasin, said at the market. "[I] decided to come out here and check it out and loving the experience."

For Jasin, having the vaccine makes him feel better about going to events like this.

"Are you a little bit scared being in a big crowd or are you comfortable now?" asked Action News Now Reporter Esteban Reynoso.

"I'm comfortable, I always have been," he responded. "I'm trying to do my part, and I'm hoping everyone else can do there's and with that, we can beat this."

"See people you know, everything's great," said Bisting.

At the Thursday Night Market in Downtown Chico, you can get cotton candy and kettle corn and even some pizza, and after a tough year like the pandemic, people feel it's good for the local businesses to get this huge boost.

"Foot traffic means everything to the small business here in Downtown Chico and here it helps big time," said Jasin.

"It is good for the economy to come back," shared James Smith. "Restaurants were just like a baseball bat to the head hit," he said.

Although some feel the pandemic will never go away, others never want to see a repeat of last year.

"Last year was unfortunate to see not only this event but so many other events around the city have been cancelled," said Smith. "That's something that we've missed."

"The pandemic is never going away," said Bisting. "You're just going to have to wear your masks and stay away from big crowds," she said looking around. "As much as you can."

Normally the market opens earlier in the springtime, but the Downtown Chico Business Association said they waited a bit so more people could get vaccinated.

The Thursday Night Market will go on every Thursday night now through Sept. 16.

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