Festival fills The Circle with fresh food, art and entertainment

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Punch and Joe, a horse tag-team from Circle C Outfit LLC., in Bridgeville, are greeted by Vicki Stansel of Millsboro and others prior to a carriage ride. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

GEORGETOWN – Farm-fresh produce, food from the grill, art and entertainment took center-stage on The Circle in Georgetown Sunday.

Billed as a festival on The Circle, the Art Crawl/Farmer and Foodie & Festival by all accounts was a success.

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Sussex Master Gardener Jessica Clark entertains children with a performance of Peter Rabbit’s Misadventures in Farmer McGregor’s Garden during Sunday’s Art Crawl/Farmer & Foodie Festival.

“While everybody has said that they wish there were more people – I think that is always a thing; you always wish that there were more patrons – overall I have not heard anything negative,” said Karin Joensen, president of the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve heard real positive things about how everybody was really nice; people were out here buying, and I’ve had some people say they did their best year here this year.”

Facilitated by Lynn Lester of The Brick Hotel, the Farmer & Foodie Fest was first held in 2010, showcasing local farmers, their farm fresh foods, food products as well as their culinary and artistic talents.

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Malinda Howes, owner of A Girl and Her Dog, holds seven-week-old puppy Reagan at their booth with daughter Alexis Howes, the groomer for their Georgetown business.

Through the Georgetown Chamber, the Art Crawl component was added several years ago.

The approximate 50 vendors that set up shop Sunday afternoon featured food, arts and crafts and art guilds.

There were horse carriage and tractor wagon rides and entertainment for kids, including the Sussex Master Gardeners, who put on several puppet shows featuring Peter Rabbit’s Misadventures in Farmer McGregor’s Garden. Pumpkin painting and a photo opt board were other attractions for kids.

Malinda Howes, owner of A Girl and Her Dog business, was pleased in her first time participating.

“It has been great. We had a pretty good turnout. We sold some merchandize and we got some interest in our dog grooming business, which is really nice,” said Ms. Howes. “We had a great day. We met some nice people. And the weather has been beautiful.”

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Jay Baxter of Baxter Farms takes patrons on a tractor wagon ride through Georgetown during Sunday’s Art Crawl/Farmer and Foodie Festival.

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