On Wednesday morning, Janel Rose, public health educator for the Barton County Health Department, informed media that the Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market would observe a modified schedule this Thursday.
Due to the severe heat advisory and dangerous health conditions forecasted for the afternoon of July 19, the City of Great Bend and Barton County Health Department are rescheduling the Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market from 4-7 p.m. to 7-10 a.m. morning, to take place at its usual location at the south east corner of the Courthouse Square.
“I believe that it will be best for everyone’s health who is involved that we make the change,” Rose stated.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. According to the National Weather Service, the forecast for Thursday, July 19, calls for a high near 99 degrees, but with humidity, the heat index will feel more like 104 degrees.
All are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
This is the first time the schedule has been changed since the market started in 2012, Rose said.