Public Services Honors Festival set for Oct. 6

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By Laura Caskey

Laura Caskey
The Lancaster County Farmer’s Commission wants young people to discover what Lancaster County Farmer’s Market has to offer.
The commission has organized the Public Services Honors Festival, a weekend event which recognizes local service agencies. The festival gathers local service agencies and honors them for the work they do for the county.
The festival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lancaster County Farmer’s Market, 1920 S.C. 9 (Pageland Highway), Lancaster.
“We want to thank the people who serve people,” said Robert Steele, who heads the Farmer’s Commission and is organizing the event. “This event is a chance for them to show people what they do, and let those people thank them.”
Steele hopes that the festival goes beyond its purpose and brings in new customers to the market.
“The whole idea is to get young people and families out to the farmer’s market,” Steele said, “I don’t think many of them really know much about it.”
See Lancaster is supplying take-home fliers for elementary school students with information about the event, and Steele hopes to get local Boy and Girl scout troops involved.
The farmer’s commission has recruited a number of organizations to take part in the event, including HOPE in Lancaster, Lancaster County EMS, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster County Public Work’s Recycling Department, Lancaster County Fire Commission, American Red Cross, Lancaster County Rescue Squad, S.C. Highway Patrol, See Lancaster and Samaritan’s Purse (sponsors of Operation Christmas Child).
“(These organizations) go above and beyond the call of duty,” Steele said. “Everyone is really enthusiastic about the event.”
Planned activities include pumpkin painting, face painting, prize drawings and a visit from Rosie the Rabbit.
The highway department will do demonstrations throughout the day, and there will also be a beekeeper bringing hives. Quilts from Magic Needle Quilt Guild and Douglas Presbyterian Church’s prayer blankets will be on display.
The event is sponsored by Farm Bureau of Lancaster, whose members helped to found the original farmer’s market.
The Lancaster County Farmer’s Market is always in need of farmers to sell produce, but due to regulations cannot allow baked or canned goods to be sold.
“We need to vendors and farmers to come to the market,” Steele said. “We need people to grow and sell things; anyone with produce to sell is welcome.”
Tables are available for $2 each, and vendors are asked to bring their own tablecloths.
The market is open starting at 7 a.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
For details, about the Public Services Honors Festival or the Lancaster County Farmer’s Market, call at (803) 286-8371.

Contact reporter Laura Caskey at (803) 283-1158.