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’Tis the season...Farmers Market Holiday Extravaganza woos shoppers

November 26, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Almost all of the parking within walking distance to the chamber of commerce was filled Saturday morning as shoppers arrived to spend money at this year’s Holiday Extravaganza.

Bullhead City Farmers Market end-of-year event skips produce and highlights gifts, gourmet foods, arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing and personal care products. There were scores of vendors, according to Bonnie Tarloff, market manager.

Recent Holiday Extravaganzas held outdoors were whipped by strong wind, but quite a few vendors set up outdoors next to the chamber building.

“The market was so big, so successful they should have it in the fieldhouse next year,” said Dave Heath, the city’s parks and recreation superintendent.

The Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse is expected to open in March.

“We came just to look,” said Donna Cundiff, of Bullhead City. She is a winter resident. “And to eat at The Hut.”

The Hut at the Foam & Froth Car Wash has locations in Bullhead and Fort Mohave; they were a food vendor at Saturday’s Extravaganza.

Cundiff said her plan was to pick up a few things before leaving. It required some patience to reach the entrance to the top floor vendors area.

Downstairs, Candy Renno, of the Lay Z Chicken Ranch in Mohave Valley, was selling eggs and inviting people to purchase laying hens. The chickens and ducks on display at the market aren’t available until later. She was next to one of the entrances. The wind blowing through that door was chilly.

“People notice the sign,” Renno said. She also has artistic flair and created the signs herself.

The LulaRoe mobile boutique was outside. Owner Rita Stiller also sells Rodan & Fields, a skin care line. She was also at the Duck Races earlier this year in Community Park. LulaRoe sellers bring the clothing line to locations.

“It’s out first holiday event,” Stiller said.

Another shopper was at the holiday market for the first time.

“It’s nice to see what’s out there,” said Kim Cronhamn, of Laughlin. “The weather’s great. The river’s beautiful. I just wish the regular Farmers Markets ended later in the day.”

Family members from Mohave Valley were each doing their own thing. Shelly Anderson sat at a table and people watched. Her mother, Linda Fields, found an appropriate gift for a dog-loving friend and some home decor to give to another person.

“And a poncho for myself,” she said.

Next year’s Farmers Market Saturdays at Community Park during the first half of 2019 are on Feb. 2, March 9, April 6 and May 4.

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