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A hole-in-one for Rifle Farmers Market

Mike McKibbin
Citizen Telegram Editor
Jared Sparks of Rifle celebrates a hole-in-one in a Putt Putt 2 Go game while his wife, Trish, shares a laugh. Watching are, from left, Camdon Sparks, 6; and Natalie Sparks, 7. The family attended the inaugural Rifle Farmers Market of the summer on Friday, June 27.
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Rifle Farmers Market

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 4

Where: Community lot on Railroad Avenue and West Second Street.

Choose from fresh Colorado produce, baked goods, eggs, food vendors, arts, crafts and local musicians. A shade structure and water misters will help keep everyone cool and relaxed while shopping and listening to Barry Andersen of New Castle and Tom Evans of Silt sing and strum finger-pickin’ blues, classic and original tunes, throughout the night.

Info: Email riflefarmersmarket@gmail.com, call (970) 404-1599 or (970) 274-3078, visit the Rifle Farmers Market Facebook page.

Jared Sparks of Rifle raised his golf club high in the air to celebrate a hole-in-one. At the Rifle Farmers Market.

The fact it was on a mobile mini-golf course set up for the inaugural summer market of the season on Friday, June 27, didn’t lessen the fun for Sparks or his family.

“This is a pretty neat idea,” Sparks said of the Putt Putt 2 Go wooden holes, with obstacles such as pool cues and pool balls glued to the course to provide challenges to mini-golf enthusiasts. “You can just pack it up and move it.”

A last-minute addition to the first market, held each Friday at the community lot on the corner of Railroad Avenue and West Second Street, the game is the brainchild of Ben Crow, 15, of Rifle.

“I got the idea about two years ago, when we were in Ouray and saw something like this in a toy store,” Crow said. “This is a similar set up, but we changed a few things.”

For example, the pool cues and pool balls, he stated. Another hole has a flying disc, tennis balls and toys glued to it.

“I researched it online to be sure there wasn’t anything like it near us,” Crow added.

Crow, with help from his parents and family vehicles to transport the course, rents Putt Putt 2 Go for parties, picnics, festivals, church and school events, weddings, corporate events and other fun gatherings. Rental rates are $150 for a four-hour minimum, with putters, balls and score cards provided for up to 12 players at one time, a reduced number of holes available for smaller locations and set up and tear down indoors or outdoors.

While the game was free for the first farmers market, Crow said he will have to charge for future markets. Those who attend the Apple Tree Mobile Home Park 4th of July celebration can see and play the game, Crow added.

Further information about Putt Putt 2 Go is available online at puttputt2go.com and by calling (970) 379-7665.

Elsewhere at the farmers market, Dana Wood, coordinator of the LiveWell Garfield County program, and volunteer Jess Hankins made fresh-squeezed lemonade. The stand, called “The Lemonade Project,” directs proceeds from the lemonade sales to help those on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, be able to purchase more healthy fruits and vegetables at the market, said Hankins.

“They get up to $6 a week added to their benefit card, which they use as tokens at all the booths here,” she explained.

The program encourages low-income shoppers to come to the market and helps to stretch their limited food dollars, Wood added.

The lemonade was so popular, Wood had to run to buy more fresh lemons at least once during the evening, Hankins said.

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