A local landmark that drew tourists from around the province and around the globe burned down early on Labour Day Monday September 2nd, 2013.
The St. Jacobs Farmers Market, a wooden beam structure housed vendors,many who had served the community for some 20 plus years.The loss brought many people to tears but also showed how beloved the building was and what it meant to the community as a true weekly gathering place.
Our 570 News coverage began out of the gate at 5am with a reporter live on the scene and we continued our coverage with team coverage in the newsroom, drawing comments, pictures and videos and gathering tape from community leaders, affected vendors and long time visitors to the famous market with its roots in Mennonite country.
The following submission is a 570 all news morning newscast. 570 News devoted the entire newscast to coverage of the fire and reaction. There was no formal script written as most of the coverage was ad-libbed. The station left our national sports and business report in to re-group and call in staff many on vacation during the holiday Monday. Our coverage continued into the evening with a live talk show host and live updates in the afternoon. 570 News was on the story for up to 18 hours.
The fire received national, even world wide attention.