Lilly Lavender to Make Her Debut at Ligonier Country Market Saturday, May 18th
Daisy Mae and Lilly to Host Free Market Sprouts Children’s Activities Throughout LCM Season
Ligonier, Pennsylvania – May 9, 2019 – In a Westmoreland County farm field, there once was a scarecrow that was dressed like a little girl and kept pesky birds at bay.
One day while checking his crops, a farmer decorated a straw hat with fresh sprigs of lavender and placed it on the scarecrow’s head. Magically, she came to life.
Starting Saturday, May 18, that scarecrow — whose name is Lilly Lavender — will make her debut at the Ligonier Country Market (LCM). Played by Addison Gray, 11, of Latrobe, Lilly Lavender will join longtime LCM mascot Daisy Mae (played by Katie Andrews, 14, of Ligonier) in entertaining and educating other children about agriculture, gardening, and other topics throughout the market’s 2019 season.
It’s all part of the LCM’s free Market Sprouts weekly kids program.
“I’m really excited for the market season,” said Lilly, who dons a purple make-up smile, blue-jean coveralls with purple patches, and a lavender-laced straw hat (made by Ms. Gray’s grandmother, Gwen Kozar). “I want to help other kids have fun and learn how to plant things like flowers and vegetables.”
Parents of the two LCM mascots will be on hand each week to supervise the Market Sprouts kids’ activities, which run all season long and include make-and-take arts and crafts, fun lessons about plants and wildlife, family-friendly games, and more.
“This year, we’re adding giant checkers and giant Jenga,” said Daisy Mae, who dons a plaid shirt and coveralls like the character in the market’s logo. “We’re going to have a lot of fun this season.”
Ms. Andrews created the kids’ program and has led Market Sprouts activities each season since joining the LCM in 2015. Market-goers have grown accustomed to seeing Daisy Mae walking through the market each week as she totes a basket of fresh flowers or other goods and greets customers.
“Market Sprouts is a great program, and we invite parents to bring their children to the market each week to enjoy some really fun and educational activities,” said Cari Frei, the market’s executive director. “And, best of all, it’s free.”
Most activities take place near the LCM Children’s Garden, located in the southeast corner of the Loyalhanna Watershed Association property near the intersection of West Main Street and Route 30 in Ligonier. Check the market’s Facebook page each week during the 2019 season for upcoming Market Sprouts events.
About the Ligonier Country Market
Entering its 44th year of operation in 2019, the Ligonier Country Market has grown from 12 vendors at its founding to more than 130 today. An estimated 3,000 patrons attend each Saturday from mid-May through September. The market continues to operate on the premise that vendors must “Make It, Bake It, or Grow It” to participate.
The market is held from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Check ligoniercountrymarket.com and our Facebook page for news and updates year-round.