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Shopping by Lantern downtown event is Tuesday
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The 2nd Annual Shopping by Lantern Light is set for Tuesday in downtown Statesboro from 6-9 p.m. - photo by Special
      Area residents will have the opportunity Tuesday to enjoy "Shopping by Lantern Light" at the Main Street Farmers Market in downtown Statesboro.
       From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., lighted lanterns will showcase some of the best local food and crafts from area vendors the Bulloch County region has to offer.
      In the parking lot of Sea Island Bank, beneath twinkling white lights of the holiday season, shoppers will find dozens of farmers, food vendors and craft makers providing a wide variety of products.
      "Farmers in the northeast offer markets in the evenings to give people a chance to shop after work," said Lantern Light organizer John Beblowski. "Our Market Board thought this would be a good opportunity to show what our Farmers Market offers for those who do not get to come on Saturday mornings. It also gives people another option to shop before Thanksgiving for what they may need for holiday meals."
      It is the second year the Sea Island parking area will be transformed into a nostalgic setting of a time when farmers markets were the mainstay of shopping for food.
      "There will be many wonderful baked goods prepared by our local bakeries and home bakers and gift boxes of foods will be available for hostesses if you are not staying at home," said Farmers Market Chair Debra Chester. "What a memorable gift to share when you visit others - a taste of Southeast Georgia. Also, the quality of crafts is excellent at this market so holiday gift shopping will be easy as people will find one-of-a-kind items."
      Some of the many products offered will include sweet potatoes, greens, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, beets, persimmons, lettuce, honey, eggs, grits, cornmeal, pecans, peanuts, locally roasted coffees, organic teas, jams, cane syrup, condiments and cheese.
      Jaime Riggs, director of the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Shopping by Lantern Light is on its way to becoming a signature event for Bulloch County.
      "I do not know of any other community in our area that comes together in this way to promote their agricultural heritage and products prior to Thanksgiving," she said.
      Local musicians Donnie Collins and Jared Mckenna will provide live music for the event as shoppers browse.
For more information on the event, call (912) 489-1869 or email

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