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Families stop by Village market in laid-back long weekend
Catherine Mills pulls three-year-old daughter Fiona Mills in for a hug after story time. EVAN LOREE

The annual Kid’s Day at the Niagara-on-the-Lake farmers’ market was postponed on July 29 thanks to the rain, but families were able to enjoy the special day at the Garrison Village on Saturday instead.

“It’s just great to see all the families out, finally, this week — after being postponed from last week,” said market organizer Sharon Brimsmead-Taylor. 

She said the market has hosted a day for kids every year since 2015.

When The Lake Report stopped by on the sunny Saturday between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., there were about 30 people gathered under the face painting tent waiting their turn to add a splash of colour to their skin. 

There were a few kids bouncing up and down in an inflatable bouncy castle nearby, some families snacking on market produce and a few kids were listening to a storytelling nearby. 

Carlee Wall was there with her children Evan, 6, and Hanna, 4. 

While Hanna walked away with a butterfly on her face, Evan sat patiently for a geometric abstract painted in white and black.

Wall said she and her kids planned to grab some sweet treats on the way out before they spent the afternoon boating. 

Three-year-old Emerson Bjorgan was snacking on a peach under the storytelling tent nearby. 

Mother Dana Bjorgan said she and the kids had just got back from a five-day camping trip near Algonquin on Friday.

When the St. Davids family found a flier for the child-friendly activities at the market they decided to make a special trip to check it out.

For Catherine Wall, there with her two kids Borden and Fiona, the fact that it was kid’s day at the market was an added bonus.

She said her family tries to support the neighbourly market “any way we can.”

Lisa Schachtschneider brought her sons, Luke age five and Jake age three. 

Schachtschneider, who lives in Stamford Niagara Falls, said she had plans to take her two boys to the zoo but was especially looking forward to next weekend’s peach festival.

“Next week is peach festival, so the fun continues,” she said. 

“I’m so excited.”

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