Fun for the kids at the Market

JEDD of Columbia will be performing at the Market on Darlington Square on Saturday, August 1. Photo contributed.

JEDD of Columbia will be performing at the Market on Darlington Square on Saturday, August 1.
Photo contributed.

Bring the kids to Market on Darlington Square for a fun, learning experience on Saturday, August 1.

During the Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a Touch-A-Truck style event for kids to learn about different careers through vehicles. One of those vehicles will be the return of the AG Combine Simulator along with representatives from the Darlington Fire Department and Darlington Police Department.

The South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation Ag in the Classroom AG Combine Simulator is an interactive mobile educational display unit allowing users to harvest virtual row crops through the magic of audio visuals in the cab of a real agricultural combine. Participants who “ride” in the combine cab are able to see and hear how SC’s farmers harvest a variety of crops. Kids also will get to see the DFD fire truck and police vehicles.

Darlington Area Recreation will hold Bingo! in the courthouse lobby at 10 a.m. with lots of great prizes. Come play for free until the prizes are all gone!

The Market also features vendors selling arts & crafts, produce, plants, and more. Musical acts for the Market include guitarist Dana Vaughan from Atlanta, comedic rock ‘n’ roll musician Tyler James Cook, gospel singer John Pickett , and bluegrass-rock group JEDD from Columbia.

Vendor spaces are $25 with discounts available for nonprofit organizations. Farmers and children are allowed spaces at no charge.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Square on Main Street in Darlington on the FIRST Saturday of the month, May through October with no event in July due to the holiday. The open-air monthly market is a partnership between Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association, the City of Darlington and a dedicated group of volunteers that began in 2011.
In September, the Market will hold its annual kids Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, and in October the Showdown at the Square Chili Cook-Off returns to wrap up the Market season.

The Market on Darlington Square also has a Facebook page: DarlingtonMarket. Call: 843-398-4000 x 103, or email

Author: Jana Pye

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