published Friday, May 4th, 2012

Hair of the Chihuahua at the Chattanooga Market

IF YOU GO

What: Hair of the Chihuahua at Chattanooga Market.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd.

Admission: Free.

Phone: 266-4041.

Website: chattanoogamarket.com.

This week's theme at Chattanooga Market is "Hair of the Chihuahua," but don't expect to see the little dogs running around the premises Sunday. The market remains a "pet-free" zone.

What marketgoers will find is a continuation of the Cinco de Mayo celebration kicked off by Saturday's Running of the Chihuahuas at First Tennessee Pavilion.

"Sunday's market will have an after-party feel to it," said Paul Smith, Chattanooga Market general manager. "We'll have a salsa dancing floor set up in the middle of the pavilion, and there will be lots of dancing. We encourage all those who can salsa dance to come to the market."

Entertainment on the EPB Stage will be provided by Tropical Swing and Carlos Colon.

The traditional assortment of local brews, farm-fresh produce and handmade arts and crafts will be available. Many marketgoers seek out the fresh strawberries this time of year, Smith said.

With several farms providing the strawberries, there's plenty to be sold. Still, the strawberries have sold out the last two Sundays by 2 p.m., Smith said.

"There are also a ton of new vendors this year," he said. "In the first two weekends of the market, we have averaged more than $200,000 in vendor sales. That's phenomenal. We're off to a good start."

about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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