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Sunday, September 22, 2019

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Lafourche Central Market to continue to be weekly despite announcement

Lafourche Central Market to continue to be weekly despite announcement

Earlier this month, an announcement from the Parish Government went out that stated that the Lafourche Central Market’s hours would be reduced to two Saturdays a month, a huge change as the market is a weekly occurrence.

The change was met with public disagreement, as at last week’s Parish Council meeting, the Council was presented with a petition signed by three dozen vendors and Central Market patrons.

Councilman Corey Perrillioux, representing District 6, received the petition via mail. The petition requested that the weekly market continues, as many vendors make their livelihoods on the weekly sales, as well as stating that if such decisions were to be made, that it be allowed for the public to take part in the discussion.

When the Administration asked about the decision making process behind changing the market, Parish President Cantrelle stated that it was sent in error, and gave no further explanation.

This alluded to the question of expanding Central Market’s offerings, as outside of being used for the weekly market, the space sits relatively vacant throughout the week.

It was also further discussed how to garner more vendors, and therefore more patrons, to the Saturday market. Suggestions included using the space and advertising for dances and socials and better social media presence, but ultimately the Council agreed to consult the Tourism Office as they control the usage.

If interested in becoming a vendor or would like additional information about the Lafourche Central Market, email or call (985) 805-0400.