River Market Commemorates 20 Years with Full Day of Celebrations on Saturday, July 9

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LITTLE ROCK,Ark.–In two weeks, the River Market will have a day of food, fun and music to celebrate 20 years in downtown Little Rock.

The event will be Saturday, July 9 from 7 a.m.- 9: 15 p.m. in the River Market District.

At 7 a.m., the River Market Pavilions will open for the Little Rock Farmers’ Market (LRFM), where more than 70 vendors will line up with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, handmade goods, and more.

Just two hours later at 9 a.m., the Little Rock Farmers’ Market’s Second Saturday events will begin with the Garden Gourmet Chef Series (9 a.m. – 10 a.m.) Master Gardeners of Little Rock, Central Arkansas Library System, and Rock City Rescue along with a visit by the LRFM’s very own, Dean the Bean.

Also at 9 a.m., the Indian Percussion Ensemble of UALR will perform until 10 a.m. and the Red Cross will hold a blood drive until 1 p.m. Additional entertainment will follow throughout the afternoon both at the Little Rock Farmers’ Market and inside Ottenheimer Market Hall.

More family activities will begin at 12 p.m. including train rides through Riverfront Park for kids and adults alike, various bounce houses for both little and bigger kids, slides from All Day Bounce & Play, and a climbing wall from Leaps & Bounds until 5 p.m., all located just behind the Farmers’ Market Pavilions.

But the fun at the River Market never ends.

At 5 p.m., SynRG will kick off an evening of free live music, followed by Rodney Block and the Big Dam Horns all at the First Security Amphitheater, until 9:15 pm.

Once the music starts, food trucks will offer eats and drinks, and beer will be available for sale at First Security Amphitheater (5 pm – 9:15 p.m.), or purchase a first run, limited edition 20-year anniversary tee shirt for $9.99.

Visitors interested in the history of the River Market’s Ottenheimer Hall and how it has served the phenomenal development of the River Market District can enjoy a short video in the Market Hall throughout the day.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.rivermarket.info.

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