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Saturday Squared coming this week

Saturday Squared, an expansion of the Paris Farmer’s Market, will open Saturday on Express Street in front of the Logan County Courthouse. The event will be held the second Saturday of the month, although the Farmer’s Market will be open every Saturday.

According to Liz Preston, who is coordinating Saturday Squared, it will feature more vendors and entertainment.

“Eight to ten vendors are scheduled to show up and eventually, we want to grow so that it circles the courthouse,” Preston said.

Early bird sales will be held from 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. and Saturday Squared will be open from 8 a.m. until noon.

Preston said the market has already joined the Arkansas Farmer’s Market Association and is accepting vendors who only offer Arkansas grown products. Food items will be expanded to include fresh eggs and home baked goods, Preston said. In addition to food, the event will also featured artists offering items for sale. Entertainment will be provided by the Forbis Family of Paris.

The idea for expansion of the Farmer’s Market came from the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce’s Merchant’s Association. Members of the group approached Preston to handle the event.

Karey Sparks, a member of the Merchant’s Association, said the organization is planning for the Farmer’s Market to grow.

“We’re going to keep bringing in vendors,” she said, “or anything else the community wants to see.”

Sparks also said that as long as there is produce or other items to sell, the market will be open.

Preston has also set up a Facebook page for the market. It’s called Paris Arkansas Farmer’s Market.

Those wanting to participate are asked to contact Preston by calling 847-5174.

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