"It's been really busy," said
She and her husband, Jason, own the
"We brought our new goat, Maple. She was a bottle baby, so she's really tame," Shiring said, adding that all the animals are friendly. "Petting is encouraged."
Children have been getting a kick out of the carnivorous plants for sale at the Sunny Sprouts Greenhouse booth. Owners
Richard held out an American Pitcher plant that grows modified leaves sprouting from hollow, water-filled stems.
"It traps all sorts of bugs, like gnats, ticks, fleas, stink bugs and spiders," he said. "The insects dissolve and decompose."
Standing nearby, his wife added: "It's like the little shop of horrors."
The Neels have plenty of other plants to tempt buyers, including perennials, cacti, tropicals and Bonsai.
Nonprofits and churches -- like the First United Methodist Church Covenant Center -- have also been keeping up with crowds, serving up an abundance of homemade pies and featuring work from local artists.
Early Friday afternoon, the sidewalk and lawn in front of the Covenant Center were lined with people ordering slices of cherry banana pineapple, chocolate peanut butter or tollhouse pies -- to name just a few.
"Everybody's outdoing themselves with the names," coordinator
Many of the framed paintings and photographs are for sale. Visitors to the art exhibit are encouraged to make a donation to help pay for next year's prizes awarded to the top three winning artists in each category, said
Back in the kitchen,
"It's a lot of work, but we really enjoy it," Beers said. "We get a lot of repeat customers. With the bridge half-closed, we didn't know how it would be. It doesn't seem to be affecting the crowd."
Outside at the pie booth,
"The pie from Covenant is on its way to heaven," he said.
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