By Alex Shelton
The Gatlinburg Farmers Market will hold its Back to School Kids Day Bash on Saturday August 22 from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. at the Covered Bridge in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community.
Scheduled for the day are several activities: Little Pete’s Railroad will provide train rides, The Smoky Shadows Girl Scout Troop will demonstrate and help children make items for the garden. The Gatlinburg Fire Department will bring a fire engine for children to interact with and explore. A water balloon extravaganza, giant bubbles, chalk drawing and face painting will also be available.
A Walk in the Woods will be leading eco-activities; Food City will be hosting games about healthy food choices with several members of the Sevier County community offering children’s activities as well. Additionally, a market-wide treasure hunt will have children searching for clues throughout the area, and vendor booths will be educating children about agriculture and handcrafting items.
Kids Day is sponsored by a grant from Slow Food Tennessee Valley. “This will be a great event full of fun and games for families while also incorporating learning about the merits of shopping for homegrown food and locally-made crafts,” said Market Manager Stacey Adam. “The activities will provide an educational twist that gives kids an idea of where food comes from, how it is grown and ideas of healthy options—all while having fun.”
The Gatlinburg Farmers Market is held every Saturday 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. until Oct 17 at the Covered Bridge in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community of Gatlinburg, TN on 849 Glades Road. Kids Days are held every fourth Saturday of the month. Vendors will be on site to provide fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, honey, prepared foods, baked goods, artisanal products and arts and crafts demonstrations. EBT/SNAP is accepted at the Gatlinburg Farmers Market.