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Spring game and farmer's market bring crowds to downtown Madison


MADISON (WKOW)-- It was an exciting day for families anxious to finally get outdoors this weekend. In downtown Madison, two annual activities are giving people that sought-after cure for the cabin fever blues.

For Dale Marsden the Dane County Farmer's Market is all about selling honey.

"36-years this year," Marsden says.

Every year he has set up his shop outside the state capitol. He and many other vendors are happy to start the season.

"Everybody knows what last Spring was like. This is the complete opposite end of the spectrum. It's just really late. Everything is really late," Canopy Gardens owner Pam Augustyn says.

A setback for many vendors, but with the sun shining overhead they can't complain too much.

"We know on the other end of the tunnel there was some light and here it is today," Flower Factory Owner David Nedveck says.

Just down the road, another annual tradition is bringing people out to enjoy this weather. Fans were lining up for this year's Badger football Spring game."

"I think today was the first time it didn't rain in like two weeks," Senior Lineman Beau Allen says.

For players signing autographs before the game it was a nice change of pace to finally be able to show off their skills.

"This weather has been pretty rough so far. I'm hoping this kind of turns it around for us," says quarterback Curt Phillips.

Badger fans couldn't agree more.

"We get about a good three months of good weather and then seven months of you know what," says James Sutton.

Most fans are afraid they'll jinx the good weather we've got going. Scared to utter one of two weather-related words. One of them starting with an "S" and rhyming with row, the other referring to those wet droplets of water we've seen too often over the past few days.

"Everybody's ready to see a little touch of Spring. A nice taste of Spring weather," Augustyn says.

The farmer's market started Saturday and goes until November. On average it brings more than 10,000 people downtown.

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