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Children’s Book Fair And Family Fun Day At The Bradenton Farmers’ Market

BRADENTON, Fla. — The fourth annual Children’s Book and Family Fun Day returns to the Bradenton Farmers’ Market, Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., on Old Main Street, between Manatee Ave W and 3rd Ave W in downtown Bradenton. The free event features a dozen local children’s authors reading their books at the Imagination Station, hands-on planting a veggie, experimental printing, a scavenger hunt, and more.

Lela Rast Hartsaw, author of “The Adventures of Abigail Rose,” about Ida Patten’s Antebellum doll as historical fiction, will entertain readers while candidly detailing a brief moment in history at 11 a.m.

“A large part of the market’s mission is to engage families with healthy lifestyle activities and education,” says Peg Haynes, the Bradenton Farmers’ Market manager. “We’re delighted to combine a book fair for kids with other entertaining family activities, which are a natural match for the market.”


The fourth annual Children’s Book Fair and Family Fun Day is a partnership with the Bradenton Farmers’ Market, Manatee County public libraries, and ABC Artisans of Books for Children and Adults. Grant support by the Manatee Community Foundation.

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About the Bradenton Farmers’ Market
The Bradenton Farmers’ Market, a production of Realize Bradenton, features more than 30 vendors who offer locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. Live music, demonstrations by local chefs, and free family activities are also part of the fun. The market, located on Old Main Street, between Manatee Avenue West and 3rd Avenue West in downtown Bradenton, is open on Saturdays through May, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are welcome. For more information, visit:

About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that transforms public places and engages people using arts, culture, heritage, and food to build a vibrant, healthy Bradenton. Bringing people together, our work results in social, physical, and economic revitalization and shapes a community where people want to contribute, live, work, and visit. For more information visit:

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