Market Day builds fun in downtown Waynesboro

October 07, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Steve and Carolyn Smith moved to Waynesboro 2 1/2 years ago because they always liked the community.

It was that community that brought them out Saturday for the third annual Main Street Market Day.

Between Broad and Potomac streets, about 40 vendors lined the street selling their wares. Live entertainment changed hourly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Center Square.

"I love the music," Carolyn Smith said of the Borough Boogie Pickers, who performed bluegrass music at noon. "It's nice to bring the community together and see people you haven't seen for a while."

The purpose of the event was "to get people downtown so they can see what we have so that when they need to shop, they know that there are shops downtown," said Carole Malin, manager of Main Street Waynesboro, Inc., the nonprofit group that ran the event.


"It's about getting people excited about Main Street," said Anna Root, president of Main Street Waynesboro Inc.

Danielle Pryor agreed that the event was good for downtown Waynesboro.

"I think that's what the town needs - people to come downtown more," Pryor said, giving her son, 18-month-old Jacob, a book to read. "I think by doing more events like this, it will help."

Root said there were more vendors this year and between 2,000 and 3,000 people were expected to attend.

Live entertainment all day long and an apple pie contest were new to this year's event.

Malin said the apple pie contest was an idea she had.

"This time of year, there's a lot of apples grown (and) I thought of apple pies," Malin said. "The scarecrow contest is for people - my perception is that they are more active. People who are more sedentary might make pies."

Scarecrows were hung on poles along Main Street Friday night for Saturday's scarecrow contest, Malin said. In all, 26 people competed for up to $250 in prizes, and three nonprofit and for-profit winners were awarded.

Julie Miller sat at the table in front of Dollar General and watched people walk by.

"I think it's a benefit to the businesses," Miller said. "It's a good way to get people downtown."

Miller has lived in Waynesboro since 1994, and said she has seen improvements occur downtown.

"It's been spruced up quite a bit," she said. "I'm seeing more little businesses come up."

"Some of the grants they've gotten have helped some of the fronts of buildings get redone," said Miller, referring to grants that Waynesboro receives from the state to enhance the facades of existing buildings.

Katie Landis, who has lived in Waynesboro for nine years, thought Market Day was a good way to show the community what businesses are downtown.

"I just think there's a nice variety of the different stores they have downtown," said Landis, who was selling Pampered Chef items at the event. "People who didn't know certain businesses were downtown, now they know. Instead of going to Hagerstown or Frederick - we have them here."

Landis also said she notices that when one business leaves Waynesboro, another one moves in, so that there are no empty buildings.

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