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Farmers' market jamboree, concert in park highlight weekend

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By Geoff Hamill

Nothing to do this weekend? Bored and have no plans? That’s all about to change!

This is a busy weekend in Springfield, and there’s something for just about everyone starting Friday evening and continuing into Saturday night.

First, the local farmers market at 101 Depot Street in Springfield kicks off the activities Friday evening with its farmers market jamboree. The market features locally grown produce, as well as handmade crafts, salves, soaps and homespun yarns. Fresh eggs, chickens, lamb and other items will also be available. If you want something to eat at the event, you are in luck. A food booth and grilling will be done by New Pioneers, and baked goods will be provided by Springfield Baptist Church and the Washington County Homemakers. A craft demonstration will be conducted by Norma Jean Campbell, an inflatable slide and balloons will be on hand for the younger kids, and ice cream will be for sale for kids of all ages. If that’s not enough, there will be live music performed by the Rainy Day Band.

If you don’t get enough of the market on Friday night, things pick back up Saturday morning with the market’s regular hours of operation from 8 a.m. until noon.

After a break Saturday afternoon, you can find even more entertainment in this year’s first installment of the Springfield/Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s Concert in the Park series at Idle Hour Park. This year’s first show features The Legendary Cruisers. The show is slated to run from 7-10 p.m. and will feature the sounds of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. The event is sponsored by Springfield State Bank, and the Springfield Lions Club will offer concessions. Tickets are $10 each and will be on sale at the gate. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating to enjoy this high-energy show.

For more on the farmers market and the jamboree, contact Kathy Elliott at (859) 336-5440. For details on the concert in the park, call Ralph Blandford at (859) 336-7773.