By BRIAN SMITH
While the sun struggled to come out Saturday, spirits were blooming around the Weatherford downtown square during the annual Blooms Festival, sponsored by the Weatherford Main Street Program.
Nearly 100 vendors took over the square to present their wares. Main Street Program and Special Event Coordinator Kim Thieme said some of the vendors did not attend, possibly fearing the worst weatherwise.
Along with blooms, Tree City USA and the City of Weatherford gave out free Texas Red Oak trees to the first 200 Weatherford residents who came by the booth in the southwest quadrant. Trees were going fairly quickly, with about 60 being given out by 10:30 a.m., according to Assistant City Manager Sharon Hayes.
Members of the Parker County Master Gardeners were available to answer questions about what to plant, and even more importantly, how to plant it for best
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results. A seminar on the hows and whys of planting was offered as part of the entertainment stage in the southwest quadrant.
While plants and blooms were an obvious part of the event, many different styles of outdoor vendors around the square were selling and displaying yard accessories and other items. Even those that weren’t outdoor vendors got into the Blooms spirit, as Karis Smith, Jessie Moss and Amanda Martinez, youth group members of Greenwood Baptist Church, passed out seeds throughout the square.
Also at the festival was a prominent kids’ area, with a bounce house, face painting and an opportunity to decorate some rocks, courtesy of the Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains.
Some children created their own entertainment, as Donnie and Aidan Lambert, 12, were found on York Avenue banging on old propane tanks, which were being sold as drums by one vendor.
Several people had the chance to go on tours of the Courthouse, offered by Parker County officials.