Locals head outdoors to celebrate Prince George Community Day

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @PGJournal
Posted: May 16, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.

Community Day features farmers market opening, art show, 5K run, and more

PRINCE GEORGE – Saturday’s idyllic spring weather served as the perfect backdrop for what is becoming a popular event in Prince George as dozens of people mingled, exercised and shopped during the 8th Annual Prince George Community Day at Scott Park.

The multi-faceted community day event featured plenty of fun and family-oriented events and activities, while also serving as the formal opening of the county’s growing farmers market at Scott Park. The plethora of events, activities, things to do, foods to sample, and so much more were mind-boggling. Parents, as well as their children, were seen scurrying from one thing to the next, not wanting to miss out on a single thing.

The Prince George Woman’s Club held their annual community day event next to the Scott Park Memorial Drive Pavilion, where they had numerous vendors offering unique and beautiful handmade crafts, delicious foods, gorgeous plants, and so much more. There was absolutely something for everyone. Proceeds from this event help the women’s club in continuing their great work throughout the county.

Members of The Women’s Club of Prince George County pose for a photo at their community day event! (Rodger Allen Kidd)

The Prince George Hometown Heroes conducted the 2019 5K Run/Walk, a 1-Mile Kids’ Fun Run, and a Kinder-Dash for ages 3 to 6. Hometown Heroes provided great concessions at the Scott Park Concession Stand, next to the baseball fields, which most all of the runners, walkers, and yes, even some stragglers, took full advantage of. Many fun activities took place for all race participants, on the upper field. There were over 120 participants in this year’s races.

Overall winners of this year’s Prince George 2019 Hometown Heroes 5K Run were First Place, Connor Berdisco, age 16; Second Place, Eric Hines, age 29; Third Place, Adam Rodgers, age 35; and First Place Female, Karen Berdisco, age 44.

Throughout the day, Prince George Parks and Recreation hosted a community art exhibit in the Prince George Library’s meeting room. Talented local artists exhibited their paintings, photography, sculpture, and other media. Much of the art was absolutely exquisite, capturing the attention of those partaking in the unique pieces.

The morning events also included the highly-anticipated opening of the Prince George Farmers’ Market season—and what a market it was! The attendees and the vendors were so excited to see what the first market of the year had to offer, and they were not disappointed. Prince George residents, residents from surrounding counties and cities, friends, and neighbors, strolled the market, from 8 a.m. to noon, on the warm and beautiful spring day, checking out the fresh produce, vegetables, homemade jams and jellies, homemade baked goods, crafts, jewelry, and so much more! There were the biggest, reddest, juiciest strawberries ever. Many of us ate the delectable berries just as they were, while others preferred their berries in one of the many delicious homemade strawberry desserts offered by the market vendors. Just a few of the vendors that can be found offering their wares at the market this year are: Archer’s Farm Produce, Della’s Hens & Chicks, Driftwood & Jewelry, Green Acres, Mount Sinai Gardens, R.A. Watson, Rose Bendall, Rosie & Jerry Collins, Stacey Allen, The Dabbler’s Creations, and The Polish Bread Lady.

Larue Archer of Archer’s Produce had fresh beautiful kale, mustard, turnip salad, fresh eggs, spring onions, a variety of smoked meats, and more. Monty Heuring, of H&W Products, had a table full of delectable homemade items to include pickled garlic, peach jam, sugar-free marmalade, apple-peel jelly, spicy garlic pickles, jalapeno hot sauce, strawberry jam, and more. Members of the Ruritan Club were walking around offering delicious cotton candy. Tim Britt had fresh local honey he harvested right in Prince George. Local honey is not only delicious, but it is also amazing for combating allergies and a host of other ailments.

Tim will be at next week’s market but will be gone for two-weeks until his return. No worries. To order this wonderful local honey, give Tim a call at (804) 861-3511.

“The Prince George Farmers’ Market supports local growers, farmers, producers, and artisans,” said Kirsten Cherry, Farmers’ Market Manager. “The core group of vendors has returned again this year, along with some new vendors. We encourage all County residents to spread the word, and join us each Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, through the end of October. On August 31, the market will be closed for the Labor Day Weekend holiday. Markets will be held rain or shine.”

Those who took part in the various running events at this month’s community day gather for a photo. (Rodger Allen Kidd)

There will be three additional markets this summer, one in each of the months of June, July, and August. Details are still being ironed-out, but the first additional market will be held on June 22, and will be a “Kid’s Day at the Market.” There will be special events and exhibitions for children of all ages. More details to come. As in previous years, the Market will provide credit/debit card and SNAP/EBT card swipes for tokens. This allows customers to shop at the market without cash if they prefer. The tokens are treated just like cash, and there is no additional charge to use tokens. Prince George Farmers Market is located in Scott’s Park Pavilion, 6380 Scott Park Memorial Drive, and is adjacent to the Prince George Library.

Disability parking and accessibility are available on the Scott Park Memorial Drive side of the building. For additional information on Prince George Farmer’s Market, please contact Kirsten Cherry, Market Manager, at (804) 722-8777, or email at farmersmarket@princegeorgecountyva.gov.

Prince George is dedicated to building a sustainable regional food source and educating people about the benefits of sustainable agriculture. The market emphasizes the direct connection between local food choices and the quality and health of our environment and daily lives. The Prince George Farmers’ Market supports farmers and growers who cultivate the land using sustainable agricultural practices, as well as farmers that raise livestock using humane and sustainable practices. By providing these farmers and growers with direct markets for their products, Prince George helps sustain the regional farm economy and also helps ensure the future of farming in our area.

All the morning’s events and activities were totally-free. The Prince George Women’s Club’s Community Day, with all of its many activities, offerings, and goings-on; the Hometown Heroes activities and events, not the least of which was the annual 5K Run/Walk, a 1-Mile Kids’ Fun Run, and a Kinder-Dash; the amazing Art Exhibit hosted by Prince George Department of Parks and Recreation; and the annual inaugural day of the Prince George Farmers’ Market!

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