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Country life comes to downtown Roanoke Sunday with "Miniatures on the Market"

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) – Country life meets city life on Sunday as people in downtown Roanoke will have a chance to see pint-size livestock, as 'Miniatures on the market' take over for a special event.

Market square will be transformed into a tiny animal farm on Sunday.

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There will be a petting zoo with all kinds of miniature animals including rabbits, pigs, goats, donkeys, horses and more.

Dr. James Sears, President and General Manager at Center in the square says this is a great opportunity for kids to learn more about animals they may never have gotten an opportunity to see up close.

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"There are so many people, adults and children who haven't seen animals. We are now in a society that is not agrarian. So we don't have people who have been raised on farms. So this is an opportunity to expose a lot of our children and adults to smaller animals," Sears said.

Chad Albert Simmons with Spring Valley Horse Farms is providing his animals at the event. He says he sees this event as an opportunity to expose childre

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n to new experiences, and educate them about life on the farm.

"Kids in the cities haven't seen these animals. Any of them that have come to the farm before don't know the difference between them. They just don't know anything about them. So we like to teach them a little bit about each animal," Simmons said.

There will also be pony rides for kids and horse carriage rides through Downtown Roanoke for the entire family.

In addition, there will be many family games and activities planned for the day.

Food and BBQ will be provided by Wall Street Tavern.

Tickets to the event are $5 for the Petting Zoo (under 2 free), carousel pony rides are $5, and $10 for carriage rides. But you can do it all for $15 that day.

The event runs from 11 to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Click here for more information about the event.


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