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Farmer’s market opens for summer season
June 06, 2013 Jerry Purvis   
Starting this Saturday, the 18th Street Farmers’ Market will be open for the season through September. Market hours are every Saturday from 8 – 11 a.m. in downtown Scottsbluff on 18th St. between Broadway and 1st Ave.

“We designated the first Saturday of each month as a kids’ market,” said market manager Kathi Manville. “We’ll have children’s activities so we encourage people bring the kids with them. For the opening on June 8, the Playhouse is bringing an inflatable bounce house. We’ll also have live music from Sultry Sounds and face painting.”

Sultry Sounds is a local band formed as a side project of WNCC’s Monumental Rock Combo and the Fire in the Pan Swingers. The band performs a variety of original songs, drawing from many different genres. Sultry Sounds will be performing not only at the opening market, but at several of the markets throughout the summer.

Debby Wagner, lead vocalist from Sultry Sounds describes their music; “We play country tunes from Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Darrius Rucker as well as new stuff like Adele, Karmin, John Mayer and Katy Perry. We play classic rock from The Doobie Brothers, ZZ Top, and CCR as well as older classics like Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay and several songs by the Beatles. We even have taken a few rap songs from artists like LMFAO and Mackelmore and “Sultrified” them to make a completely new and unique song. Our forte is probably in blues and jazz.”

The Legacy of the Plains Museums will sponsor a face-painting booth and will offer $1 “old-timey mustaches,” with proceeds to benefit the museum project. This is sure to delight the children and will benefit one of the community’s greatest assets. For adults who might not want to “sport” a mustache on the upper lip, a less conspicuous “finger” mustache will be offered.

Fourteen vendors have been confirmed for the farmers’ market, bringing produce, farm fresh eggs, all-natural beef, fresh cheese, artisan breads, sweets, honey, gluten-free items and much more for sale.

The market is accepting applications for vendors and is looking for individuals or groups who would like to participate in special activities. Items to be sold at the market should be handmade or homegrown. Musicians are also being sought to play during the market.

Manville said “The market has been busy planning many activities for each of the markets and hopes that the community will support not only the vendors at the market but the special events planned for each market.”

Another upcoming event will be June 22 when the Panhandle Humane Society will be the market’s guest. PHS will be bringing some of their animals which are up for adoption for interested individuals to meet and greet.

For more information on participating in the market, contact Kathi Manville at (307) 214-5641.

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