County unveils ‘new’ market building

Opening day at Fairfield’s renovated market building. | Michelle Taylor

WINNSBORO – The opening of the newly renovated market building in downtown Winnsboro on Saturday was grand. Inside, it featured more than 40 vendors for shopping and a near-capacity crowd ready to buy. It was the place to be from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Jules Ruff and Lonzo Ruff’s produce sold out in about an hour. | Photos: Barbara Ball

Located at 117 E. Washington St., behind the clock, the building has served many capacities since the late 1800’s, including a livery stable, bowling alley, and car lot. On Saturday, the building found its perfect fit.

Prior to cutting the ribbon, both Chamber of Commerce Director Gene Stephens and County Administrator Jason Taylor thanked former Chamber Director Terry Vickers for initially proposing the idea to revive the building.

“A lot of things we do in local government are very important,” Taylor said. “One of those is to have projects like this that build our community and bring us together. While this project is ending, it will continue as a farmers market and a venue for weddings, reunions and other events. I hope this is the beginning of the revitalization of downtown Winnsboro.”

The low cost project was paid for with $35,000, donated by the Chamber and matched by another $35,000 from the County.

Sophie Lynch

Under Taylor’s guidance, county workers have turned the former stable into a show barn.

Following the ribbon cutting, singer Sophie Lynch entertained from a balcony high above the front doors.

Shoppers snatched up bargains on collards, potted plants, crafts, fresh veggies and massages.

Door prizes were awarded every half hour and lunch was available from food trucks lined up in front of the building.

The building features an open, rustic concept and includes a classroom and a large kitchen that Taylor said will be certified as a DHEC and catering kitchen.