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Jay Sauer and Jen Schumacher are getting married, and all of West Jefferson is invited to attend.
The couple wrote the winning essay in the West Jefferson Farmers MarketWedding at the Gazebo contest. They will exchange vows at noon on July 31 in the gazebo on Main Street in downtown West Jefferson.
Their prize package features goods and services from West Jefferson businesses and professionals, including decorations from Judys Good Housekeeper Store, flowers by Affordable Flowers, pictures by Wide Photography, cake by Catering My Way, and dinner for two at Ann & Tonys Restaurant. Bob Lust, owner of Judys and manager of the farmers market, is an ordained minister. He will officiate the ceremony.
“I think its fantastic, said Sauer, who moved to West Jefferson three years ago after meeting Schumacher online. The couple lives just three blocks from the gazebo.
“This is a second marriage for both of us, so we didnt want anything crazy or huge or ultra expensive. It was going to be either the farmers market contest, or we were going to go to the justice of the peace, Sauer said.
The couple describes themselves as laid back and, therefore, open to the idea of sharing their special day with not only the farmers market vendors and customers, but also the public at large.
“Its going to be a lot of fun. Were so excited, Schumacher said.The gazebo is beautiful. Its going to be so pretty.
Schumacher is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and works for the Ohio Attorney Generals Office. Sauer is a former U.S. Marine and works as a personal banker for First Merit Bank in Columbus. Sauer has two children, Tyler, who turns 11 on July 15, and Nate, who is 7.
What else is new at the market?
The wedding contest is a new addition to the West Jefferson Farmers Market, now in its third year of operation in the parking lot next to the town gazebo.
Also new for 2010 is a small fee and registration deadline for market vendors.
“We didnt charge a fee to set up the first two years. We are now, so that we have some money for promotion, Lust said. Signage, flyers and postcards are planned.
The cost for West Jefferson residents with homegrown and homemade products is $5 per market day or $25 for the season. The fee for non-West Jefferson residents and all other non-commercial vendors is $35 for the season. Commercial vendors pay $50.
The season runs from July 17 through Oct. 9. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. All vendors must pre-register.
“Last year, we had 20 vendors on a regular basis, and most of them were Madison County people, Lust said.This year, were only allowing one commercial vegetable vendor. The rest will be mom-and-pops.
In addition to fruits and vegetables, the market offers fresh baked goods, candles, housewares and assorted craft items.
Special events on the schedule for 2010 include a watermelon eating and seed-spitting contest on Aug. 7, a pie baking contest on Sept. 11, and a chili cook-off on Oct. 2.
The West Jefferson Farmers Market is affiliated with the West Jefferson Business Council and Madison County Chamber of Commerce. For a vendor registration form or more information, call Bob Lust, market manager, at (614) 260-4241 or stop by Judys Good Housekeeper Store at 84 E. Main St., West Jefferson.