By Morgan Magoon, Wind Ridge Publishing intern
The Hinesburg Lions Farmers Market offered its first ever “Children’s Day” last Thursday with plenty of young people in attendance to celebrate. Special activities at the Market included a Face Painting Emporium, children vendors, a puppet show, musical entertainment by the Vermont Suzuki Violins, and a bike-powered smoothie machine, to name a few. Volunteer Graham Coates even donned a chicken costume for the special event.
The bike-powered smoothie machine station, organized by Connecting Youth’s Leslie Johnson, was one of the highlights of the Market last week. After a customer chose smoothie ingredients they were loaded into a blender with ice and attached to the back of the bike. Then a child would hop on the bike, pedal with all their might, and create the perfect smoothie.
Another children’s vendor sold hanging driftwood sculpture. The Lepple children et al conceived of the idea while selling items off the beach to each other for pebbles. Quite a few people bought them, and were milling around with their beautiful new driftwood sculpture.
As with any farmers market, the food was the star of the show. Pachapapa Pesto’s Chis and E.V. Hamilton were on hand with a variety of yummy pesto to try. Other vendors included the child-run Sunlight Lemonade Stand, Bee Happy Vermont honey products, the Euro Market, and baked goods by Freeda Powers. Hinesburg youth Julia Grant, a regular vendor at the Market, and her Sunset Lake Bakery was on hand while Anna Pelkey sold Scrappy Bags at Children’s Day.
The entertainment was also a huge hit. The sweet sounds of violin filled the air as the Vermont Suzuki Violins performed with director and Hinesburg resident Pam Reit followed by a puppet show starring Peg Jarvis’ Hands On Puppets.
With large crowds, fantastic vendors, and music in the air, it’s safe to say that Children’s Day was a great success.