We had an amazing time at the Downtown Cary Farmers' Market Fall Festival on Saturday (24th). What a beautiful day from morning to afternoon; it was a distinctly early fall morning in North Carolina if I ever felt one! I could give a detailed play-by-play of the 8 am set-up scramble or the truckloads of bottled water we ferried from the parking lot to our tent, but I think what will stick with me the most is having the opportunity to give parents and kids from all over Cary a taste of the enthusiasm emblematic of our school community.
So much about this event was delightfully unexpected for us. The Bookstop station was a huge hit: the Bookstop program Chair, Karen Thomson, hooked us up with boxes of books to give away for free, and a shelf to make a tantalizing reading corner area. When we told kids they could take the book they had been reading for 20 minutes, multiple jaws hit the sidewalk, and they looked at us like we were giving them free pizza for a year. Later in the afternoon, we had the pleasure of catching up with Margot Bennett, the founder of the Bookstop program, and her very friendly service dog. Margot has published 2 books since last year: Brisco, Life as a Therapy Dog and Ely, Life as a Service Dog Puppy, both available on Amazon.
Another incredible first came when we got to hang out with Paws, the Cary Elementary Cougar. She was in and out all day, but clearly had a blast meeting every single child at the festival, as well as many older kids, adults, and dogs. Paws is certainly a beloved member of the downtown Cary community. She even got to meet Mrs. Clause, who was at the festival reading to kids and making balloon animals from scratch. The only thing we were sad to see Paws miss was the festival Pie-Eating contest. We're positive Paws would have licked Chatham Street clean with 'em.
No matter how you frame it, you can't outdo the thoughtfulness and energy that the Farmers' Market team put into this event. If we weren't ready for fall before, we are 100% in apple-picking mode now.
There are a lot more people to thank: