Kids day at the farmers market

ALPENA — There were lots of kids and families at the 11th Annual Farmers Market Kids Day Sept. 30 and everyone enjoyed a variety of fall activities on a beautiful morning.

Farmers market board President J.B. Cook said the Kids Day event was a huge success.

“I think it was bigger than what it was last year,” Cook said. “I noticed that we had a lot more people even though we had the same events for the kids to participate in.”

There was live music performed by the Zippity-2-Dads. Zippity-2-Dads was a favorite throughout the entire event as kids and their families watched the group perform.

Children were able to use the large pool to kayak. That too was a favorite of the kids and families because there was always a line. For both Cook and farmers market Manager Amy Roznowski, seeing the kids kayak in the pool is their favorite part of the event.

“It’s a lot of work to put the pool together,” Roznowski said. “It’s the big talk at the event because everyone likes to pretend like they are kayaking in the street. It’s something different for the kids to try.”

Cook said it was fun to see the kids trying the kayaking because he had a hand it developing the idea of the pool.

The FFA provided hay rides around downtown Alpena while Blue Cross Care Network gave out physical fitness tests for the kids.

“A lot of groups come together to make this event possible,” Cook said. “It’s a fun and healthy event for both kids and families.”

Kids were able to paint pumpkins and also take pumpkins home just in time for Halloween. There also was a petting zoo, cider making demonstrations, and face painting.

Fire trucks from the Alpena Fire Department were there giving children the opportunity to get inside the fire truck and pretend like they were driving.

There were booths set up where kids were able to sample vegetables and learn the importance of healthy eating.

“People love bringing their kids and enjoy participating in all the events,” Roznowski said. “We have been blessed with beautiful weather the past few years that has made this event such a huge success.”

Roznowski said there was no cost for the event. The farmers market board meets monthly to plan the event.

“As the manager of the board, I help oversee everything,” Roznowski said. “I make sure that everything is where it needs to be and volunteer wherever help is needed.”

Every year, the event is always exciting for Cook to help put together.

“As president of the board, I help organize the event. I have been helping with the event every year that we have planned it and it’s always fun to see all the kids,” Cook said. “We have been doing this for so long that everyone knows what they are doing and it’s always a successful event because of the hard work of everyone involved.”

The farmers market is closing in on the end of its outdoors season with just a few more markets until moving indoors at the Alpena Mall starting on Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Julie Goldberg can be reached via email at or by phone at 358-5688.