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Ironton Farmers Market opens Saturday

May. 30, 2013 @ 12:13 AM

IRONTON — Family Fun Days and the opening of the Ironton Farmers Market in downtown Ironton are scheduled Saturday in Ironton.

The farmers market opens at 7 a.m. Saturday near the former railroad depot on South 2nd Street. Family Fun Days activities are scheduled at the same site and the free water park also will be open Saturday, said Ralph Kline, assistant executive director of the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization.

The farmers market is scheduled to be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Fun Day activities are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“Family Fun Days is focused on kid-friendly events,” Kline said Wednesday. “A number of different groups are participating. It’s a kick-off for summer. There will be refreshments and goodies. The idea is to get families oriented to coming to downtown Ironton.”

“Ironton is a very special place,” said Sam Heighton, manager of the farmers market. “We have eight local farmers participating.”

Since it’s a little early for homegrown tomatoes and corn, farmers will be selling spring-fresh goods including lettuce, Heighton said. “Everything not grown locally is marked,” he said. “We have baked goods and flowers and hanging baskets. We’ll also be selling tomato plants.”

The Family Medical Centers will be providing ice cream cones and the Women and Infant Children’s program will provide games and coloring books. The Early Childhood Academy (Head Start) will have face painting and planting of flowers for children, and the One-Stop will provide popcorn.

Temporary tattoos, snow cones and popsicles also will be available, Kline said. There also will be inflammables provided by Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital.

The Transit Cafe also will be open during the activities.

Other activities planned Saturday include:

n  Lily Dickens will represent the Ironton Artists Association and will have clothesline art starting about 9 a.m.

n  Yvonne DeKay students will perform at 10:30 a.m.

n  Cyndi Dance Studio students will perform at 1 p.m.



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