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Boonesborough days boon to yard sales

September 07, 1997

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer

BOONSBORO - Officials of the 26th edition of Boonesborough Days, the annual crafts show, sale and festival going on this weekend, expect the same large crowd the event always draws.

It gets underway again this morning at10 and runs until 6 p.m.

Not only is the festival itself growing, with its full complement of more than 150 juried crafts persons, but so is the number of private yard sales set up during the two days by town and area residents taking advantage of the crush of people descending on the town for Boonesborough Days. It's their once-a-year chance to make a few bucks selling unwanted items, many of which have been saved up and stored away since last year's festival.

Yard sales were laid out outside on hastily set up tables, on blankets on lawns and under makeshift tarps along every main and side street and along the major highways of Md. 34 and U.S. Alternate 40 which meet in Boonsboro. They could be seen along Alt. 40 nearly as far west as Funkstown.

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"We've been doing this ever since the first festival. We feel we can be part of it," said Sallie Dorsey of 102 N. Main St. Her property backs onto Park lane which leads into Shafer Park, the site of the festival. Thousands of festival goers have to walk by their set up on their way in.

"We save stuff all year. We put it in the storage room," Dorsey said. "Boonesborough Days really brings the people in. We had a good year last year. We really did well. It's been slow today, but that's because of the air show. It will be better tomorrow."

She said more people, organizations and church groups are setting up yard sales during the festival.

"It used to be concentrated around the park but now it's spreading out."

"This has become quite a yard sale event," said Debbie Miller, coordinator for the festival for the Boonsboro Historical Society, the organization that sponsors the festival.

Miller said the society uses proceeds from the festival to maintain the John Bowman House on Main Street. The house, named for an early Boonsboro potter, is used by the society for living history demonstrations.

She said as many as 10,000 people could come the to festival this year.

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