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Shelby Farmers Market to end season with a bang

The market’s inaugural Harvest Festival will take place Oct. 26

October 23, 2013

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — While the Shelby Farmers Market’s attendance generally decreases toward the end of the season, market managers decided to celebrate the market’s fifth anniversary and close the season in style this year with an event they hope will become an annual tradition.

Mary Anne Demo and Justine Stone, managers of the Shelby Farmers Market, are planning a free Harvest Festival from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Packard Proving Grounds with events for the whole family, special deals, clearance items and a larger volume of vendors, plus a Native American festival featuring traditional dancing, drumming and vendors.

For kids, Demo said there will be games, including pumpkin bowling with hay bale bumpers, a bounce house, a fall craft table, face painting and interactive local musician Carissa Knoles, who will have blow-up guitars on hand for kids.

The Native American festival, called the Web of Life, will take place just past the gates leading into the boulevard. Admission will be $1 to cover the costs of drummers and dancers who are traveling a long way to perform, Demo said.

“They name each of their events. This one is called ‘Web of Life,’” she said. “It’s really based on a saying from an Indian chief about how when you do anything in the web of life, it affects all other things in the web.”

Demo said that the Native American festival’s drumming, singing and dancing is interactive, and people who would like to join in are welcome to try it themselves. She said families should bring lawn chairs and blankets.

“We’ve never done anything like it before,” Demo said. “We just thought it’d be really neat to do this year.”

Stone said 10 Native American vendors will be present selling authentic Native American food and goods, and the farmers market will feature more than 50 vendors. On a normal Saturday, she said, the market normally has about 20-30 vendors.

Demo said she hopes people will stock up on items that they won’t be able to get at the market again until the next season opens in May, such as natural honey, locally made soap, apples and winter squash.

The market will have cider and doughnuts, caramel apples, fresh produce, jams and syrups, breads and baked goods, pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, cornstalks, straw bales, jewelry, lotions, and more. Half of all proceeds benefit the restoration of the Packard Proving Grounds.

The Packard Proving Grounds are located at 49965 Van Dyke Ave. in Shelby Township, between 22 Mile and 23 Mile roads. For more information about the Shelby Farmers Market, call Mary Anne Demo at (313) 221-9674.

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