Family Health Festival & Back-to-School Fun Day at Columbus County Farmers Market on Saturday, August 17


Columbus County Community Farmers Market and Columbus Regional Healthcare System are partnering this year to host the hospital’s Family Health Festival in conjunction with the farmers market’s 11th annual Back-to-School Fun Day on Saturday, August 17, from 9 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Admission is free.  The CRHS Family Health Festival will feature booths and information from the various departments and practices within the hospital provider network as well as free health screenings.  The back-to-school event will include children’s games, face painting, story-telling, free refreshments, school supplies, and much more for the entire family.  The first 200 school-age students will receive free school supplies.  Student must be present.  All prizes, giveaways and samples are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

“School is starting back a little earlier this year,” said Susie Rockel, farmers market manager.  “We want all students and their families to come to the farmers market to help get the school year off to a great start with free supplies, health screenings and information.”

As in the past, other various community organizations will also have booths set-up to provide valuable information for children, parents and families.  The Farmers Market welcomes interested non-profit and community organizations that serve children and families to participate by calling (910) 840-6743 or emailing to reserve a free booth space.

In addition to the special activities, a variety of farm fresh products will be available for sale including peanuts, melons, peaches, cabbage, okra, squash, zucchini, onions, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, plants, crafts, honey, honey soaps, baked goods, eggs, jams, jellies, fresh-cut flowers, and more!

The Columbus County Farmers Community Market is located at 132 Government Complex Road in Whiteville, North Carolina near the Department of Social Services.  The Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.  For more information, visit


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