Jun. 26—BLUFFTON — A popular event in Bluffton is back after making its debut last year.
Discovery Days is held the fourth Saturday of the month in June, July, August and September.
It's a chance for people to check out Bluffton's downtown businesses and enjoy a farmer's market.
"We started this last summer when we wanted to invite people to town and see all the wonderful shopping and activities we have going on. But we really wanted to make it sort of a regular thing and an expanded thing. So when you have an arts and crafts festival, people are elbow to elbow and really, our merchants sort of take a backseat when we have a big event like that," said Paula Scott, CEO of the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.
Scott says this really puts the spotlight on the shops that are in downtown Bluffton.
"We have some 60 shops, restaurants and services downtown and so this is a chance to really say OK, if you haven't visited them you're missing out on something great," Scott said.
Susie Stratton, owner of Roots by Stratton, loves Discovery Days.
"I think it's really been beneficial to the whole community. I feel that other businesses that may not be participating are even benefiting from Discovery Days," Stratton says.
There were also plenty of activities going on throughout the downtown.
"We have a cupcake maker, the Crazy Cupcake Lady. We have a Jazzercize class going on. We have 12 businesses that are distributing tickets for a prize drawing. If you spend $10 in these 12 businesses they will give you a ticket for a prize drawing and you'll have a chance to win up to $100 in Bluffton Bucks. These are gift certificates that you can spend at Bluffton Chamber of Commerce businesses that are members. We have a total of $250 in prizes offered," Scott said.
Another downtown attraction is the Bluffton Farmer's Market, which is happening every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
"The Bluffton Farmer's Market has a variety of vendors every week with the freshest produce from our seasonal strawberries to wonderful corn and tomatoes (later this summer), just really the most lovely, freshest local produce as well as really phenomenal baked goods and then agricultural products like goat's milk soap," Scott said.
Thanks to Discovery Days, more people are discovering the weekly farmer's market.
"We've seen a lot more activity. You know it's always dependent upon the weather but even though it's overcast, there's still a lot of people around the area and people are definitely interested in coming out," said Art Woodruff, owner of Firm Roots Farm out of Harrod.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409