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Sidewalk Days opens today

July 09, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREEENCASTLE, Pa. - Sidewalk Days, the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce's annual two-day promotional event, begins at 8:30 a.m. today with more than 80 vendors lining up in downtown Greencastle.

This marks the 37th year for the event.

Craft, food and merchant vendors will fill Center Square and both sides of East Baltimore Street up to its intersection with Washington Street. Rows of vendors also will be found along South Carlisle Street from the square to Franklin Street.

Sidewalk Days runs from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, it goes from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Dixie Wind Bluegrass Band will play on the square at South Carlisle Street to provide their brand of music several times throughout both days.

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Patrons tired from shopping can look forward to a chair massage from staffers from Antrim Chiropractic Center at a booth on the square. The center is offering special massage rates during Sidewalk Days.

Kids can get their faces painted at the First United Methodist Church booth on the square, while the sand art booth returns to its spot in front of the First National Bank of Greencastle.

Yo-Yo the balloon vendor also returns to the square this year.

Another feature this year will be special home-decorating demonstrations at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. by Home Interior and Gifts. The demonstrations will be given at the old firehouse on South Carlisle Street. Booths will be set up in the building.

Most downtown Greencastle merchants set up booths in front of their businesses during the annual promotion. Businesses from outside the borough also set up booths to display sale items during Sidewalk Days.

Craft vendors will display their handmade items in their booths.

New this year will be tables and chairs for the public to use while eating outside.

Free parking is available at various locations and portable restroom facilities will be set up in the parking lot behind Ricardo's Restaurant on Baltimore Street and in the gravel parking lot on South Carlisle Street.

Maps of the vendors will be posted at the information booth, which will be operated by volunteers from the Greencastle Lions Club, Old Home Week committee and the American Cancer Society.

The Lions Club will sell brooms and the cancer society will sell tickets for its annual Duck Derby on the Conococheague Creek on Aug. 8.

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