JOHN DAY – The John Day Farmers Market closed a successful first season with a Harvest Festival on Oct. 16.

The event drew more participants than any other market day this year, offering produce, honey and eggs, as well as crafted goods such as juniper wood gifts, hand-stitched quilts and aprons, knitted baby items, pottery and jewelry.

Among the nonprofits represented were the Grant County Genealogy Society, the Community Garden, the Grant County Children’s Choir and Oregon State University Extension.

Throughout the morning,  about 300 visitors and shoppers stopped in at the event on SW Brent Street, according to committee chairperson Chari Larue.

Doodlebugs of Prairie City provided face painting for children, and a couple of clowns roamed through    the crowds, periodically announcing the winners in drawings for prizes donated by downtown John Day merchants. 

The market opened June 19 with nine participants, growing to 17 at the harvest festival. 

Larue said all the market days were well-attended  and received, regardless of the weather.

Plans are already under way for the 2011 opening next June 18.

For more information, contact Larue at 541-932-2859, or Chari.larue@prodigy.net.

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