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MainStreet Waynesboro event on tap Saturday

September 28, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, PA. - During Saturday's sidewalk days shopping promotion, Waynesboro was supposed to be graced by a visit from Miss Pennsylvania, the clip-clop of a horse-drawn carriage, a farmers market, band music, a barbershop quartet, drum corps and a choral ensemble, not to mention a face painter.

"They all canceled out," said Mike Cermak, president of MainStreet Waynesboro's board of directors and chairman of its promotions committee, which is organizing the event.

"I don't know why they canceled," he said. "I guess it was too quick to put it all together."

About a dozen downtown area businesses have said they will participate in Sidewalk Days, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cermak, owner of Cermak Technologies, a computer store at 52 W. Main St., said some businesses will set up food concessions, while others will put merchandise on the sidewalk in front of their establishments.

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Brothers of the Brush are planning to cook hot dogs and hamburgers near the square, he said. The Waynesboro Historical Society will feature an exhibit of local photographs.

Cermak said MainStreet members were asked by the organizers of St. Andrew School's Oktober Fest to hold the sidewalk days promotion in conjunction with the school's annual fundraiser.

Sandy Bowling, special events coordinator for the parochial school at 213 E. Main St., said Oktober Fest will be on school grounds Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as it has been for the last decade. The 80-year old Catholic school has about 145 students in grades K to 6, she said.

She said Oktober Fest is a family fun day with crafts, vendors, games, food and entertainment and performing arts.

She said she asked MainStreet officials "months ago" if they would organize a sidewalk days promotion to coincide with Oktober Fest.

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