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Ironton In Bloom adding to its season of special events

A murder mystery dinner theater will be added to the favorites as Ironton In Bloom kicks off its new season.

“Events for IIB are scheduled for a number of reasons,” Carol Allen of IIB, said. “We want to give back to the community through serving other organizations. We want to share with the community our joy of gardening through working at the farmers’ market and providing some excitement and some good food from local produce.”

The season begins with a motor coach trip to the Cincinnati Flower Show and Jungle Jim’s International Market on Saturday.

That will be followed with IIB’s traditional Arbor Day Celebration at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28.

That will be followed by the Mother’s Day Flower Sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

When Gus Macker comes to Ironton for its 3 on 3 basketball tournament, IIB will have a food booth for both days, May 21-22.

Then the food festivals start up at the Ironton Farmer’s Market with strawberry fest from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday June; corn fest will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 9; watermelon and weiner fest will be from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 13; tomatoes and fried bologna will be dished up on from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 10 and apple fest will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 8.

The back yard tour will be 1-4 pm. Saturday, June 12 with rain date the following Saturday. Tickets will be available at the Lawrence County Historical Society, IIB members and designated businesses.

IIB’s parent organization will be here on Monday and Tuesday, June 20-21 to judge Ironton’s beautification efforts on a variety of topics.

Then Saturday, Nov. 19, will be Murder, Mystery and Merriment at the Ro-Na from 6-9 p.m., where a who-dunnit will be played out during a catered dinner at the historic theater.

“We want to fundraise in a fashion that brings a member of the Ironton community together,” Allen said. “One of the ways we have done this is through letting people explore the backyards of the community and we are bringing to this community the murder mystery as a new way, a new form of enjoyment and allowing people to get to know us better and to enjoy one another in good clean fun.”