Lower Burrell Farmers Market presents Christmas in July festivities and giveaways July 23

Children in Lower Burrell won’t have to wait for Santa this December with the town’s July Christmas Farmer’s Market on July 23.

Adults also won’t have to wait to shop for holiday gifts from local artisans who will feature jewelry, clothing, beef jerky, wood products and more.

The Joseph “Bud” Myers Lower Burrell Farmer’s Market offers vegetables, baked goods, artisan items and more every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with special events to keep the market fresh.

Santa Claus will be on hand for personal tours and photos for the special Christmas event with light summer Christmas music playing in the background.

The city decorates the City Hall area to add to the festivities.

“It will be a fun family affair that builds a sense of community and supports small businesses in the area,” said Carley Logan of Lower Burrell, one of the Farmer’s Market Coordinators.

The unique products offered by local artisans will provide residents with the opportunity to shop in person, meet the artisans and step away from internet shopping, she said.

“It’s fun not to rush around looking for last-minute gifts that, in the end, aren’t as enjoyable as shopping in the market,” she said.

Christmas in July will also feature a children’s arts and crafts stall where kids can make Christmas ornaments and decorate free cookies courtesy of Aunt Kellie’s Cookies, a Lower Burrell bakery.

The Farmers Market will hold a raffle for a pool of gift cards donated by local businesses such as Wooden Door Winery, Bennett’s Beauty Bar, Harvest Moon Coffee and Chocolates, Fox’s Pizza and Pizza Moena.

Garlands and holiday bows will adorn lampposts along with other decorations such as Christmas trees and a snowflake in the Farmer’s Market area, Councilor Chris Fabry said. The inaugural Christmas event in July is another example of introducing new events for the community, he said.

“There is nothing more exciting for a child than Christmas, so why not give it to him in July.”

The Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday until October 8th.

Mary Ann Thomas is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Mary at 724-226-4691, [email protected] or via Twitter .

James V. Payne