Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Summerville Family YMCA Flowertown Festival is putting a spotlight on the “Summerville” portion of its identity this year. Festival organizers have arranged to have a different group each day on Main Street by Town Hall creating a welcoming entrance to the festival. “I really want it to represent Summerville and not just the YMCA … (to) give it a bigger Summerville feel and not just a festival event,” said Kim Taylor, chief operations officer. One day the entrance will have a Summerville DREAM booth, which will showcase the small local shops in downtown, and another day will have some of the local festival sponsors showing off Summerville's offerings. On Saturday, vendors from the Summerville Farmer's Market will be set up to sell their wares. The farmer's market officially begins the following Saturday, April 13, but visitors can get a taste of the market and some locally grown foods during the festival. A handful of the 70-plus market vendors will be at the festival, including Shuler Peach Co., Cypress Hill Farm, Gruber Farm, Coastal Coffee Roasters and Chew Factory, LLC, which sells natural dog treats. Coastal Coffee Roasters' booth will also include offerings from the businesses that have found a home within its building on East 3rd North Street. “I've had some really excited feedback,” about including a mini-farmer's market, Taylor said.