Great Pumpkin contest is Oct. 17

RICHMOND Holidays in October at the Richmond Farmers Market is open 3-6:30 p.m. on Volunteers Green in center Richmond. Come and meet local growers who encourage you to help the local economy and Buy Local. For those folks who would like to have some of the wonderful fall harvest last long into the winter season, visit Richmonds veggie vendors for bulk quantities of potatoes, onions, winter squash, carrots, beets, and garlic. Its a great way to stock up for winter. You should also reserve your Halloween and Thanksgiving pumpkins for Oct. 17 (see details below about the first annual costume parade and pumpkin contest). Its never to early to start collecting special one-of-a kind soaps, shirts, pottery, crafts, maple syrup, candles, canned goods and more for that special person. While you are at it, bring home some fresh fall bounties, along with some traditional comfort food such as breads, samosas, pastries, cookies and burgers off the grill. On Oct. 10 the Barefoot Fiddlers will perform on stage, 5-6 p.m., at the farmers market. The Barefoot Fiddlers are a young group of musicians from Richmond who have been sawing on the strings and bringing the spirit of old American fiddle and bluegrass music to the market for several seasons. The fiddlers are joined by a mandolin, guitar and Irish drum and are ready to kick up a heel and make sure that the circle remains unbroken this summer Everyday is apple day at the market, too. Experience the fresh taste of the 2008 apple crop now. Help grind and press apples on a hand operated cider press. Have a cup of fresh cider at the market and take some home for later. On Oct. 17, celebrate the last market day of the season. The Vermont Youth Dancers will perform onstage, 5-5:30 p.m., at the farmers market. The Vermont Youth Dancers is a local dance troupe which made its debut last year at Richmond's Celtic New Year. The group began as seven homeschoolers, ages 7-11, and has grown to 17 dancers who perform pieces ranging from ballet to lyrical jazz and hip hop. These energetic young performers are sure to warm your heart with their smiles and enthusiasm! Then, at 5:40 p.m. kids of all ages should meet at the bandstand for a Halloween costume parade through the market. Come dressed in your favorite costume and partake in the festivities. If youre a Charlie Brown and Peanuts fan, youll enjoy the 6 p.m. judging of the Great Pumpkin, a contest that will open your eyes to the wonder of Vermonts pumpkin harvest. To enter the pumpkin contest, either bring your pre-carved or painted pumpkin, or buy a pumpkin at the Market and decorate it with supplies provided by the Market. There will be three prizes. One for the best precarved pumpkin, one for the best pre-painted pumpkin and one for the best pumpkin decorated at the market.

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