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Kershaw Farmers Market hosts Farm Olympics

Posted: August 14, 2012 4:46 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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Eight-year-old Julianna Willoughby races through a watermelon obstacle course. Julianna won the race with a time of 8.1 seconds.

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The Kershaw County Farmers Market hosted the Farm Olympics Saturday to celebrate National Farmers Market Week. Kevin Pasche and Double A D.J. hosted the event. Participants signed up for various activities such as watermelon horseshoes and a watermelon carving contest.

Four-year-old Johnathon Slade participated in the watermelon ball and spoon race where participants carried a scoop of watermelon through a watermelon obstacle course.

"It was fun holding the watermelon," Johnathon said.

Shannon Jacobs, market manager of Kershaw County Famers Market, wanted to involve different aspects of summertime into the event.

"The South Carolina Department of Agriculture encouraged us to celebrate National Farmers Market Week. With the Olympics going on, and it being the watermelon season, we thought it would be fun to incorporate everything," Jacobs said.

Julianna Willoughby and Jordan Finch each won watermelons for placing first in the watermelon ball and spoon race and watermelon horseshoes. Donato Watkins won the watermelon seed spitting contest and Larry Slade won the watermelon carving contest for his watermelon shark creation.

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