The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Lois Wielinski, 17, a Noblesville High School senior, sings and plays the guitar, to Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean,” during Kids Day on Saturday at the Noblesville Farmers Market at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Lois Wielinski, 17, a Noblesville High School senior, sings and plays the guitar, to Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean,” during Kids Day on Saturday at the Noblesville Farmers Market at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville.
It was Kids Day at the Noblesville Farmers Market.
More than 20 kids set up booths on the First Merchants Pavilion stage at Federal Hill Commons on Saturday, which culminated National Farmers Market Week across the nation.
Young entrepreneurs sold their own goods or services. And kept the profits.
Some raised money for Noblesville East Middle School teacher Rick Towle’s 2020 rainforest trip to Peru. Others started their savings for NEMS’s annual eighth-grade class trip to Washington, D.C. There were cheerleaders raising money for a trip to Disney World. And kids saving trying to save up some money for college.
Most kid vendors were cash only. But some young entrepreneurs were able to accept credit cards.
Noblesville East Middle School eighth-grader Derrick Proctor stood in front of his display with a professionally printed business card in hand.
He advertised “Proctor’s Pet Sitting,” with “over night care,” “drop-in visits,” dog walking” and “pet baths.”
He said, “Pretty much all of my funds are going to my school field trips this year. I’m going to Atlanta, Ga. (for jazz band) and Washington, D.C.” In 2018, he raised about $400 for his school field trips.
Meaghan Proctor, a NEMS seventh-grader, was raising money for the 2020 rainforest trip.
“I have been baking for about two years and babysitting since I was 7,” she said. “I do a lot of bake sales. And people contact me for birthdays.”
She pointed to “flourless chocolate cakes,” made because her younger brother has an allergy to gluten, and also “cheesecake samples, cupcakes and cookies.”
Joey Moore, 12, Noblesville, was making cotton candy at his booth.
The homeschooler’s vendor booth experience was part of his Business 101 class. He has a candy vending machine startup.The cotton candy was a sweet treat to help his “startup and begin conversations.” And it worked. Moore gained a new vending-machine client at Saturday’s Farmers Market. He’s saving his earned money for college.
Julia Bubp, a NEMS seventh-grader, made and sold hair scrunchies and displayed an American Girl-size doll wearing clothing that she made. She raised money for the rainforest trip, too. Since 1996, Noblesville Rainforest Project takes a selected group of students to the depths of the Amazon for an immersive learning trip.
Anitha A. Sharma promoted her juvenile novel, “Stolen Friendship,” published June 29, about two best friends starting high school, in a friendship triangle that leaves them wondering what will happen next.
Addison Gremel, a freshman and cheerleader at Tipton High School, sold hair scrunchies, while two other high school cheerleaders at her vendor table made beaded and yarn bracelets and hair bows, trying to raise money for cheerleaders’ trip to Disney World.
There were also inflatables for kids to enjoy, sponsored by Restoration Church.
And Jennifer Sell of Noblesville was there with her family, showcasing her new organization, Same as U, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving young adults with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. Modeled after a college atmosphere, Same As U's programming is the first of its kind in Hamilton County, she said. (Read more in Betsy Reason’s column in an upcoming edition of The Times).
Also, on Saturday morning at the Noblesville Farmers Market, I found Lois Wielinski, 17, a Noblesville High School senior, singing and playing the guitar in the park’s plaza near the Noblesville Rotary Club Shelter. Her guitar case was quickly filling with tips, as she sang Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean.” Wielinski is saving her tip money for college. She hopes to attend Columbia College Chicago, a private arts and media school, to be a music producer. At NHS, she plays the violin in the orchestra and takes other music classes. She is a self-taught guitarist and has been singing and playing for about four years. “She’s very self-driven,” her mom said.
Wielinski is among a list of young entertainers at the Farmers Market each Saturday. She also performed July 20. Upcoming entertainment includes: Dwayne Conaway, Aug. 17; Alec Kosla, leader of Evans Street Quartet, Aug. 24; and Oct. 12; Audrey Ouillette, who plays the ukulele, Aug. 31 and Sept. 7; Aidan Board, drummer from Evans Street Quartet, Sept. 14 and 28 and Oct. 5; and Playing for Change, Sept. 21.
Also, Noblesville Main Street’s upcoming events include: Scarecrow Contest, in September; Music & All That Jazz with David Hartman, 7 p.m. Sept. 6; Chocolate Trail, Sept. 6; Meals from the Market dining series (registration required), Sept. 19; Fall Fest, Oct. 4, with downtown trick-or-treating and annual soup cook-off and sponsored pumpkin carvings, also Music and All That Jazz with Mudsock Jazz Combo; Craft Beer Crawl, Nov. 1; and annual Holiday Market, Dec. 7.
Also, watch for Miller Day at the Market on Oct. 12 at Noblesville Farmers Market.
See ya there!

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.