'Make' a new friend at market

GENOA – Visitors to Genoa’s Open Air Market on Sept. 22 may go home with a new friend. Genoa Main Street will provide everything needed to build your own scarecrow at the market, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Genoa streets in downtown Genoa.

“Building a scarecrow has become a popular tradition for many families,” said David Glaum, a Main Street volunteer helping to prepare wooden heads and frames.

“We not only supply the frames and heads, but also a selection of clothes and straw for stuffing. Most people build their scarecrow at the market, but you can also  take home all the parts and put it together there. The complete scarecrow is only $20. All proceeds benefit downtown improvements and public events.”

The market’s nearly 50 vendors will offer fresh produce, locally baked bread, honey and cheeses, crafts, new items, flea market finds, well-known brands and unique products. Lunch and sweet treats will be in good supply. Downtown merchants will hold sidewalk sales during market hours.

For more information or to reserve a vendor space, call 815-784-6961, email or visit

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