Olde Towne Market set for May 24 in Jefferson
Jefferson’s Olde Towne Market returns at 8 a.m. Saturday, May
24, to the grounds of the Museum of Ashe County History.
The event will feature an outdoor market, rain or shine, and will kick off with opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. The day begins with an opening prayer and comments from town officials and the Olde Towne Jefferson Business Association.
The Watauga Community Band will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., presenting Memorial Day pieces and contemporary, fun music, according to Stacy Maye, president of the OTJBA, organizers of the event.
Other entertainment for the day will include the Ashe County High School chorus and the winner from the recent Ashe Idol competition.
Maye said a grassy area in front of the stage will be available for anyone who would like to dance.
A variety of handmade items, antiques and jewelry will be found at booths throughout the festival.
Baked items will be sold by Sweet Aromas Bakery and the ACHS chorus.
Maye said between 30 and 40 vendors have already signed up. Vendor spots are still available, but vendors must preregister.
Attendees can enjoy kettle corn, sandwiches and smaller festival-type foods, Maye said.
“We will have kids’ events, balloons, chalk art, caricature drawings and spray-on tattoos,” she said. “We are offering more things geared toward kids, so they will enjoy it, too.”
The museum will also be open for visitors to tour and check out the various displays.
Admission is free, and Maye said plenty of parking will be available around the market area.
The association is excited about the first big event of 2014 and has several other events scheduled this year, including cruise-ins in June, July and August and Oktoberfest.
Maye said the active association, as well as the special events and activities, have had an impact on the town.
“There is a lot of positive energy that’s been flowing through Jefferson here lately,” she said. “People are coming up and saying, ‘You’re doing a great job. Keep it up.’”
She said the association would be going before the Jefferson Board of Aldermen on May 27 to discuss the town, a beautification project and signage and to see about coordinating with the town on some projects.
At the market, the OTJBA will have a booth, and Maye said its members are encouraging people to stop by and offer feedback on what they like about the festival and what they want to see in Jefferson. “Staff will be there to hear input, and we want to get to know our neighbors,” she said.
For more information about the event, visit http://www.oldetownejefferson.org.