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By SARAH BEACH
Wednesday afternoons for the RiverView Farmers Market will now take place at the intersection of Second and Main Streets near Point Park, due to the sidewalk renovation at the courthouse.
The farmer’s market will still be held from 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays, as well as from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at Hometown Pizza on Hwy. 227.
Market vendor Bobby Giles is optimistic about the new location, as it may “satisfy a lot of needs.” The area at Point Park offers a shady area with lots of room and a playground for children nearby, he said.
Farmers Market President Mandy Parker hopes that the location at the park will draw more traffic, as it is readily available from the Prestonville bridge.
First Friday will take place on the evening of Friday, June 7 on Court Street near Carroll County Public Library, rather than on the courthouse lawn.
Carrollton Main Street President Jeff Moore said the group is pleased to continue holding the event near the courthouse, noting that Court Street will be blocked off for the event on Friday. Vendors will set up on the street and the event will continue to include live music from 6-8 p.m., opening with the Tri-County Ramblers. There also will be an inflatable for the kids.
The June First Friday event also features the Capture Historic Downtown Carrollton photo contest. Pictures will be judged and winners announced during the event. They will be on display throughout the month at Carroll County Public Library, which co-sponsors the contest with The News-Democrat.
“First Friday is built around our local farmers market,” Moore said. “We are pleased to partner with them for another summer of family fun in downtown Carrollton.”
Parker encourages the local community to “keep checking up” on the market as the summer goes on. Vendors currently have cold weather crops such as onions, lettuce and strawberries, but will later offer summer vegetables such as zucchini, squash, broccoli and cabbage. The market also offers home-baked goods, jams, jellies, honey and homemade bath products.