Family Night at the Square is set for 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Jack Kilby Square in Downtown Great Bend. Barton County Health Educator Janel Rose said there are many special activities planned.
“On behalf of Barton County Health Department and the City of Great Bend, we invite everyone to visit the Summer Street Stroll Family Night,” Rose said. “They can enjoy the family activities planned, while visiting with local vendors, and health and services providers.”
First, the Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market with local vendors offering fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, fresh herbs, homemade cinnamon rolls/breads/cookies and treats, farm-fresh eggs, and frozen meats will be on hand. Also, there will be arts and handmade crafts, soaps, flowers, and other items for sale.
• A Barton County Bike Caper Stop booth will be available for enrolled participants to bring Caper Cards for signatures and get free giveaways from Rose. They can also get free bag from Juvenile Services and Caper T-shirts from Barton Community College, if have not already received theirs.
• Jumbo yard games and activities for kids and families will be set up in the square.
• There will be booths from Central Kansas Partnership providers with information and freebies.
• The first Great Bend City Band concert will begin at 8:15 p.m. in the Clayton L. Moses Memorial Band Shell.
Summer Street Stroll Family Nights at the Square are also set for July 12 and Aug. 2, and will feature special family activities and movies in the park for both, and a City Band concert on July 12. The Street Stroll Farmers Market is sponsored by the city and Health Department and will be every Thursday starting at 4 p.m.
A good start
This will be the second Street Stroll market of the season, Rose said.
“We had a great first week of Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market, considering that we had a very cold spring,” she said. “Our local farmers had lettuce and spinach, kale and other greens, radishes, herbs, rhubarb, eggs, honey and more.”
Local bakers had cinnamon and fruit-filled rolls, fresh breads, treats and snacks. And, a local crafter featured mini-shelves for home décor.
There were also frosty shaved ice drinks. “We expect more booths and vendors with produce, crafts, and frozen meat to join us starting May 31,” she said.
“Our market continues to grow and we encourage anyone who is a local grower, artist, or handcraft maker (and) interested in being a vendor to contact the City or Barton County Health Department for an application,” Rose said. Market information and an application are on the GB Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market Facebook page.
Rose said folks can check there for the latest news about what produce is available for each market. As the season gets warmer, more fresh produce will be available each week.
For more information, contact Rose at 620-793-1902, or city Community Coordinator Christina Hayes at 620-793-4111.