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Cary Farmers Market kicks off June 2

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

Sunday, June 2, kicks off the third season of the Cary Farmers Market, one of the most rewarding events the chamber has ever initiated for the community. Last year, about 1,500 residents attended the market each week to socialize with friends and shop from a great selection of farm fresh products.

The Cary Farmers Market will be held every Sunday, June 2 through Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be located in the north commuter parking lot near the intersection of High Road and West Main Street in downtown Cary.

This year the Cary Farmers Market will feature nearly 25 vendors offering a wide selection of items, including fresh produce, baked goods, jams, dressings, farm fresh meats, eggs, cheeses, and specialty items. In addition, our local organic farmer is returning with tomatoes, herbs and fresh produce. We have some new vendors featuring healthy baked breads and muffins, a gourmet popcorn vendor, nut butters, dips and spices, honey, and more. The market selection will vary with the season.

The first Sunday of each month the market will feature special events and extra vendors. Free chamber shopping bags will be given to the first 100 shoppers, free bags of groceries will be raffled off, and there will be outdoor music on June 2, July 7, Aug. 4 and Sept. 1.

For information about the Cary Farmers Market, visit the chamber website at, or call 847-639-2800. You can also like the Cary Farmers Market on Facebook.

Many thanks to our Farmers Market Committee and volunteers: Joe McVicker of Cary Bank & Trust, Chuck Barrett of Frisch & Barrett Insurance, and Dave and Deb Evans of Evans Carpet Cleaning Plus.

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Cary Cruise Night begins June 5 offering another fun summer of classic muscle and hot rod cars, great food and camaraderie – all in downtown Cary. Hundreds of classic car buffs and area residents from throughout McHenry County attend each Wednesday night. Cary Cruise Night is located on West Main Street off Route 14. The event is held each Wednesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

A different Cary Cruise Night theme will be featured each week for judging only and trophies and ribbons will be awarded. However, all cars are welcome every week. During the evening there will be live entertainment from Stax O Wax DJ Productions, wonderful food and Cruise Night specials from local restaurants. The chamber table will host a free raffle each Wednesday, giving away free local dining certificates and other great prizes. For information, contact the Cary Grove chamber at 847-639-2800.

On opening night, June 5, stop by for a free chamber shopping bag filled with goodies, which will be distributed to the first 100 car show participants to arrive. Thanks to our top Platinum level Cruise Night sponsors: Marquardt of Barrington, the Northwest Herald, 0 Sage Products, The Tracks Bar & Grill, and Wickstrom Auto Group.

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Our next Noon Shake event will be at noon June 19 at Brunch Café, 935 Route 22, Fox River Grove. Join us for lunch and we’ll make introductions and seat you with other chamber members so you can meet new people and spread the word about your business. Be sure to bring your business cards to pass, and know your 30-second commercial. The fixed price of $20 includes a choice of entrée, soda, coffee or tea, tax and gratuity. Make your reservations by calling 847-639-2800, register online at, or email the chamber at

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Congratulations for our new 2013 Miss Cary Kelly Kaveney, and Miss Fox River Grove Claire Roehri who were crowed at our Business Scholarship Pageant last weekend. Ten lovely young women competed for the crown and participated in a pageant process that focused on honing their presentation, public speaking and interviewing skills. During the event we celebrated 50 years of the Miss Cary Pageant and had appearances from several former title winners. Many thanks to our amazing Pageant Committee: Lisa Raupp of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Sandra Nies of BMO Harris Cary and FRG, Ellen McAlpine of Envoy Mortgage Corp., and Shane and Steve Hammerschmidt of SERVPRO of Southern McHenry County.  Photographs of the contestant were taken by Kellyann Harmon of Kellwood Studio Photography.

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Meineke Car Care, 536 Northwest Highway, Cary, will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday with unbeatable specials, free food and great giveaways. The Cary location was recently opened by owner Jeff Vogt.

Stop in for a $10.99 oil change (after rebate – $14.99 before rebate). O’Reilly’s Auto Parts will be serving free food from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. In addition, during the day you can win free prizes and take advantage of free car inspections.

For information about Meineke Car Care in Cary, call 224-357-8535.

• Suzanne Corr is the executive director of the Cary Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

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