Francisco Market Day set for Saturday

By Dean Palmer - Special to the News

The group Our Communities of Northwest Stokes will be joining with Francisco Volunteer Fire and Rescue on Saturday from 9-6 at the Francisco School to host a Francisco Community Market Day.

According to Our Communities of Northwest Stokes representative Texie Jessup, a full day of activities has been planned around the theme of “Homegrown and Handmade.” An array of local artists and craftsmen will be on hand to display and discuss their work along with other vendors and offerings.

Early risers will have a chance to start their day with a breakfast hosted by the Francisco Fire and Rescue Ladies Auxiliary. Breakfast will be made available beginning at 7:30 and lasting until 10 a.m.

Activities, Jessup noted, will be available for the entire family’s enjoyment. Live music from area artists will be performed from 10-6 and food including hot dogs and nachos will be available throughout the day. A variety of children’s activities will include inflatables, games and activities. A farmers’ market will be featuring an assortment of local produce.

The day is a spinoff of recent community day events organized by the Francisco Fire and Rescue Department. The fire and rescue trucks and equipment will be on display along with a hands-only CPR demonstration and several other safety displays and demonstrations from other groups.

The NC Agromedicine Institute from East Carolina University will host a four-wheeler and chain saw safety display while a NC State University display will feature tractor safety. An air care display will be on hand as will demonstrations from the Stokes County EMS and the Stokes County Forestry Service.

According to Jessup, the Our Communities of Northwest Stokes group is co-hosting the day as a way of promoting the area’s rich rural and agricultural heritage as well as its natural beauty and numerous assets, activities and attractions.

She describes the group as a loosely organized community organization, open to all residents, that has been in existence for over 2 years.

“Last fall,” she noted, “we had a big farm festival at the school that attracted lots of people and a lot of positive response. We want to build on that. This community has a lot of potential and, with the school closing, we want to do all we can to promote our area.”

“We want to encourage our community to come together,” she continued, “and we want others to come out and see all that northwestern Stokes County has to offer.”

The school is located at 7165 Highway 89 W in Westfield.

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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