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Lori Bankert maintains the Country Market’s Flower Fest, which is running for six weeks. (Photo by Sophie Pappas)

Lori Bankert maintains the Country Market’s Flower Fest, which is running for six weeks. (Photo by Sophie Pappas)

By Sophie Pappas

For Lori Bankert, the Country Market Flower Fest is a family affair.

“We all split up the duties,” Lori said.

Married to John Bankert, one of the five Bankert children who run Country Market and Lunchroom on North Michigan Road, Lori is in charge of stocking and maintaining the annual Flower Fest.

“Many people know us for our Pumpkin Fest,” Lori said. “But we have so much more. Flower Fest is an example of that.”

Pumpkin Fest, which runs every weekend in October, is when thousands of Boone County residents flock to pick out pumpkins, enjoy apple cider vinegar and play fall-time games.

Flower Fest, which began last week, will run for six weeks. Flowers and homemade birdhouses, antiques and garden décor are on display for gardeners to purchase or even just find creative ideas for their yards.

“We’ve really got a little bit of everything,” Lori said.

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