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Irvington Farmers’ Market & Independence Day Celebration

      A fourth Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 29 will kick off Irvington’s holiday weekend celebration. It will be followed by the annual hometown parade on the same day and the 12th annual Air Force Band Concert on Monday, July 1.

      The Farmers’ Market on the Irvington Commons from 8 a.m. till 12 noon (rain or shine) features local and homegrown organic produce, fruit and vegetables, plants, herbs, fresh cut flowers, baked and home canned goods, preserves, sweets, honey, goat cheese, soaps, herbal creams and lotions, and more! Art and unique handcrafted goods at each market include hand-woven baskets, jewelry, birdhouses, paintings, prints, hand-crafted wooden toys, hand-made birds, weavings, sculpture, folk art, quilted items, turned & carved wood, rag rugs, decorative accessories. Master gardeners will be available to answer questions. As always, there will be delicious refreshments in the gazebo and a special activity for the kids. Materials will be supplied for decorating bikes for the parade following the farmers’ market. 

      Guests are invited to arrive early and stay all day. Line-up for the parade begins at 1 p.m. near Crockett’s Landing, with the parade beginning at 2 p.m. It will head east on King Carter Drive, ending at the Baptist and Methodist Churches, Rt. 200. This year’s parade features the Mayor of Irvington and Town officials, District Bagpipe Band, horses, baton twirlers, children on bicycles, Steamboat Era Museum, vintage cars, floats decorated by businesses and individuals, and even dogs in costume!

      On Monday, July 1, bring your family and friends back to Irvington Commons for the free concert by The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band. Enjoy free hot dogs, chips and sodas provided by Chesapeake Bank at 5:30 p.m. Be sure to bring your chairs or blankets for the concert beginning at 7 p.m. rain or shine.

      There will be a special treat this year when the Southeastern Virginia Club 6-Ultralight Flyers make an appearance in a flyover before the concert. The flight will be led by Ed Oliver of White stone, former U.S. Air Force Tech Sergeant. Left wing man is Leo Callahan, former Vietnam F105 Pilot, and right wing man is Commander Al Carpenter, retired U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran and P.O.W. 

      For more information about the Irvington Chamber of Commerce and Village Improvement Association or any of its events, please call Marybeth Sisson at (804)438-6180 or Alison Drake at (804)438-5447. 

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