From viewing the landing of the Air Bear Helicopter, to feeding the alpacas, both children and adults had a host of activities to choose from at the fifth annual Hudson Farmers Market and Wellness Festival, held Saturday at the high school.
Sarah Adams, Hudson PTA vice-president of communications, said that although the festival has run for five years, this is only its second year partnering with the farmers market, and they are delighted with the market's participation.
Adams says that approximately 35 organizations were present at this year's event.
A fun zone was created on the lawn, which she says was done deliberately to encourage parents and children to leave the confines of indoors behind and enjoy healthful outdoor activities.
There was a 1 Mile Fun Run, sponsored by Girls on the Run, a group that has about seven hundred members from Cuyahoga and Summit County. The group will be running a 5K tomorrow.
Girls on the Run builds leadership and team participation skills over a 10 week session, which concludes with the 5K run, Adams said.
Several regulars from the Hudson Farmers Market were there, including Thaxton's Organic Garlic Farm. They were promising visitors to their booth that fresh garlic scapes would be available on opening day of the Farmers Market on June 8.
Kathy Arnold of Whistler's Glen Alpacas had several of the animals on display on Saturday, and said that her farm will be present each week at the farmers market to sell products. The alpacas themselves however, are not permitted.
A band trio composed of Dave Rodriguez on trumpet, students Rob Kokochak and Maggie Cox on guitar and on base, serenaded visitors with jazz selections in the auxiliary gym. Rodriguez gives private music lessons.