Blaine gardener’s market opens Saturday

Published on Fri, May 21, 2010 by By Jake Lunden

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Local residents can celebrate the season at the opening day of Blaine Gardener’s Market on Saturday, May 22 at H Street Plaza in downtown Blaine. The market will feature locally-grown produce, as well as baked goods and other food, farm products and arts and crafts from area vendors.

Organizer Ron Snyder said opening day visitors can expect carriage rides as well as the First International Slug Races at noon. Racers can bring slugs to race the four-inch course, or choose a slug from what Snyder calls “our stable of fine racers.”

After a kazoo fanfare played from the local chapter of the Red Hat Society, mayor Bonnie Onyon will sound the opening buzzer and the slugs will (or rather, may) make their way toward the finish line. Local food manufacturer Nature’s Path will supply snacks, Totally Chocolate will provide custom-made chocolate bars for the people with winning slugs.

“Remember, good training leads to good racing,” said Snyder. “So get your slugs in shape for the big day at the Blaine races”

The Gardner’s Market and slug races are free and open to the public. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through October 9. For more information, call 360/332-6484.