Market Days to highlight host of activities downtown

September 18, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Banners will soon stretch the width of Main Street in Waynesboro and scarecrows will be tied to lampposts, signaling the coming Market Days.

The Oct. 7 event is twofold in that businesses will be selling merchandise on the sidewalks to promote downtown commerce, while families will find food, entertainment and low-cost activities celebrating autumn.

"We're trying to get people to walk through the downtown. That's the goal. ... We really just want to build a sense of community," said Kelly McGahen, chairwoman of the Main Street Waynesboro Inc. committee organizing the day's festivities, scheduled 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The eight-person committee has planned a number of activities like free vision screenings, free movies for children, live music, a storybook hour, art displays, face painting and a dance demonstration. The fire department is hosting an open house at the South Potomac Street fire station in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, and several craft vendors have signed up to sell wares.


"We're going to have a lot of make-it-and-take-it crafts for the kids. Most of the things are like a buck for kids to do," McGahen said.

Food options include hand-dipped caramel apples, french fries, penny candy, hamburgers, hot dogs, tea, chocolate and baked goods with a pumpkin theme.

Market Days is based in front of Susquehanna Bank on Center Square. Everything, except the fire department's open house, is spread the length of Pa. 16 in downtown to encourage walking and seeing what the town has to offer.

Parking is discouraged on Main Street for pedestrian safety, but the lot at Trinity United Church of Christ will be open in addition to the Rotary parking lot.

"I think the coolest thing is that we have so much for the kids, so they come downtown and have a fun day," McGahen said.

If you go...

Market Days

What: Food, entertainment and children's activities

When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Downtown Waynesboro

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