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May is National Bike Month and the Farmer’s Market is bringing the month long celebration to a close with Bike Day at the Market. From 8:00am until 10:00am, anyone who rides a bicycle to the Farmer’s Market Saturday the 31st, will receive a coupon for a free cup of coffee from “That Guy’s Coffee”. Some market vendors will have cookies or other treats for the cyclists to enjoy.
Councilman Edwin Pickle will give a talk on the importance of bike safety at 9:00 am. Bikes and bike memorabilia will be on display and the south parking lot will be set up with an obstacle course, and an area for bike games. Each participant in a bike game will receive a free Farmer’s Market Button (while they last).
The games will be suitable for young and old alike. Games will include a “How Slow Can You Go” course, and a “Ride the Thin Line” game. There will be bikes on hand to ride for those who can’t bring their own.
“Part of our mission as vendors at the Market Square is to enrich, enliven and entertain while providing local products to the community. We hope that this event will accomplish that mission. We encourage everyone to discover the joy of bicycling and if they can ride their bikes to the Market, that is even better. They save gas, get great exercise, have some fun and help the local farmers earn a living. It’s win-win for everyone.”
“Cycling is an excellent form of exercise, and according to the Sierra Club: Pedaling Prosperity, 2012 – If Americans made one 4 mile round-trip by bike instead of car each week, we’d burn nearly 2 billion fewer gallons of gas annually. At $3.64 a gallon, that’s a savings of $6.6 billion.”
National bike month was established in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists. Originally founded in 1880 as the League of American Wheelmen, the League works to promote and protect cyclists of all types. The League of American Bicyclists is the national sponsor of Bike Month and has a website where information and education about bicycling can be found. The website is located at http:/bikeleague.org. National Bike Month was established in honor of encouraging and educating people to step outside of the house or car and onto a bicycle.
The Market Square is located at 400 1st SW, one block south of the Square in Downtown Paris. There are currently eight to ten vendors setting up at Market Square each Saturday Morning. That number is expected to increase during the month of June as more farmers have produce to sell. Currently available for sale each Saturday are lettuce, greens, beets, turnips, onions, potatoes, cabbage, eggs, coffee, breads, baked goods and a variety of other items. Stalls are available by the month for $25.00 or $10.00 per day. Contact Cheri Bedford at 903-784-9293 for more information.