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March 21, 2013

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Attention urbanites, tourists, foodies, music lovers and, as of recently, Ringgoldians: The ever-popular Chattanooga Market will kick off its 2013 season with the opening of the Chattanooga River Market this Saturday  from  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the artfully concreted Tennessee Aquarium Plaza.

Like the original Chattanooga Market held on Sundays at the First Tennessee Pavilion, the River Market will provide some animation for the downtown area on weekends, along with hand-made and local arts, crafts, gifts and food offerings from local vendors.

The River Market season runs through Labor Day weekend, but keep those Easy Spirit strolling shoes on. Along with the addition of a Ringgold Market held on Saturdays, the original Chattanooga Market will open Sunday, April 21, with delights from some popular local food venues such as Good Dog and Yellow Deli, along with wares and goods from local artists, bakers, chefs, craftsmen and seamstresses from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Sunday.

This year, the Market will feature an agricultural tie-in or charity partner each week along with 30 themed events, including the annual Chattanooga Oktoberfest, cook-offs and the free music performances each Sunday. Anticipated new events will include a Harvest Festival Run, an 8-K run benefiting the Market itself, a two-day Thanksgiving Market for some seasonal shopping and—much to my cold-blooded pleasure—a three-weekend Holiday Market held indoors at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Spring—here we come!

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