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June 17, 2012

GreEnid will be Saturday at Enid Farmers Market

ENID — The largest Enid Farmers Market of the year takes place Saturday, but this year will not be your average walk in the park.

GreEnid is a featured event for a third year at this month’s farmers market. GreEnid, with the city of Enid being its biggest sponsor, aims to promote environmental awareness to residents.

Although GreEnid is not new, there will be new additions this year, including a one-mile fun walk at 8:30 a.m. The walk will start and end at the farmers market, which is at the corner of East Garriott and South Grand.

“Anyone from kids, parents, strollers and dogs can participate,” said Nicole Winfield, special events coordinator for Enid Farmers Market. “We want to promote a healthy aspect of being green.”

The cost of the walk is $15 per person, and registration can take place at The Felt Bird, Wheat Capital Running Company or at the event itself. If participants register by the end of today, they will receive a T-shirt.

Recyclable grocery bags also will be given out, thanks to a partnership between the city and Jumbo Foods.

Other GreEnid events taking place will be free snack samples of produce cooked on a grill at the market, an area for kids to make pinecone birdfeeders, a scavenger hunt and potato races.

Winfield said the potato races usually are one of the more popular activities.

“They will take potatoes and carve them however they want,” Winfield said. “Then they will put wheels on them and race them down a ramp.

“We made it as family friendly as possible.”

Winfield said with June farmers markets being the largest of the year, 800 people is the highest attendance the farmer’s market has had. She said she hopes to see a crowd of 1,000 or more.

Winfield said she is one of only eight people working Saturday, and with attendance expected to be high, she said could use volunteers. To help out, email efmvolunteers@gmail.com.

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