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With the season comes DDA’s Spring Sale

The third annual Farmington Downtown Development Association’s Spring Sale and Garden Show is scheduled for April 28 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The second annual Downtown Pound will kick the event off that morning with registration at 7:30 a.m. and the run at 8:30 a.m. begining in front of Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan. Pre-registration for the 5k, 10k and kids division ends on April 9 and you are guaranteed a shirt. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for students 12 and under.

The money raised for the Farmington Downtown Pound will go to the Farmington Parents as Teachers program. Since the cutbacks to the program a couple of years from the State of Missouri the program has had to look to fundraising efforts as ways to survive. The Downtown Pound is one way to help the raise money.

The money raised goes towards tuition for families who need it, supplies for the program and things the program needs to run. For more information and to register contact Mark Cook at 573-760-2398 or visit our Facebook page for updates.

There will be something for every garden lover at the event. The day will include garden clubs, guest speakers, handmade arts and crafts vendors, horticulturists and artists, free talks and practical workshops by well-known gardening experts, educational exhibits and music.

Shopping will be available for plants, garden art, tools and one-of-a-kind or hard-to-find specialty items. Great shopping at Farmington’s local boutiques, dining at downtown restaurants, coffee and music will provide attendees with a fun experience.

Local favorite Casey Reeves will be playing a variety of music around the Courthouse Square from 10 to 12 p.m. Then Music Makers will also be hosting a Drum Circle with djembes and doumbeks and any other hand-percussive instruments from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Courthouse Square. Anyone with these intruments are welcome to participate you must bring your own hand percussion instrustrument. For more information on the Drum Circle visit the Music Makers Facebook page or call 756-3514.  

Visitors will also have a chance to purchase chances for different baskets donated by different businesses and organizations. Chances can be purchased that day from 9:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The downtown businesses will hold sidewalk sales and offer some special deals for shoppers that day. A garden show will be set up with several of the local garden clubs answering questions about gardening.

Organizers are looking to incorporate different florists and landscaping businesses into the garden show. They are also taking applications for garden clubs, food vendors, hand made arts and crafts vendors, local established businesses, and any floral handmade craft vendors.

The registration fee is $20 for a 12×12 space outside. The rain date is scheduled for the following weekend. Vendors will need to supply their own tables, tents and equipment.

To get more information about the Spring Sale and Garden Show email, or call 573-756-7722.

Maridee Lawson is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 756-8927 or

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