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Animal swap meet/farmer's market to be held in Stahlstown

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Beginning May 11, an animal swap meet and farmer's market is scheduled to take place once a month throughout summer.

Domestic and exotic small pets and livestock, animal supplies, locally grown produce and homemade items will be available for purchase at the Cook Township Community Building located on state Route 711 in Stahlstown.

“If you have something unique you raise, breed, grow or make, stop over and grab a space,” said Crystal Kourpas, the event's coordinator and the owner of Crystal Mountain Farm in Champion.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month through October, the event will take place in the building's rear parking lot.

“I think this will be a great thing for the community,” Kourpas said, “You'll be able to find great homemade and quality-raised pets and livestock that you won't find commercially.”

Kourpas said she plans to bring a variety of poultry, goats, rabbits and occasionally geckos and budgies (birds) to the market.

“This event is a great idea because we don't have many opportunities like it here on the mountain,” said vendor Theresa Cox of Stahlstown, who plans to sell animal treats and goat's milk soap. “We have some very talented people here who need a venue to showcase their wares and this should work well for that.

“It's my hope that everyone will get behind this event and support it either as a vendor or as a consumer,” Cox said.

Hot dogs, ham barbecue, chips, soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

Raffles and entertainment, such as live music, will be provided and will vary from month to month. Admission to the event is free.

Angels of Mercy Animal Rescue and Adoption Agency of Uniontown will have an adoption table set up, as well.

“We are thrilled to bring this on,” said Pat Piper, the center's spokesman. “This building belongs to the citizens and we feel this event will benefit many local people. We're happy to help out any way we can.”

Kourpas said she often travels out of town to various animal swaps and farmer's markets. She said she felt that hosting one local event for others to enjoy would be a great experience.

Those interested in selling at the event can contact Crystal via email at crystal8780@gmail.com or by texting her at 724-691-1951.

The cost per lot for vendors is $10 and they must provide their own set up/table. All animals must be properly caged or leashed at all times. Any and all clean-up is the owner's responsibility.

Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer.

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