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More than 70 vendors offer wares at Shepherdstown Street Fest

June 28, 2008|By JOSH SHAW

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- Rob and Georgi Taylor spend their weekends selling homemade, hand-painted wood products at craft shows up and down the East Coast, and Saturday was no exception.

The couple spent their day at the fourth annual Shepherdstown Street Fest, hoping to make at least enough money to cover the gas they spent to travel to the festival from Johnstown, Pa.

"We are a corporation of two people," Rob Taylor said. "I'm the brains and she's the beauty."

The Taylors were among the more than 70 vendors that showed up for this year's event, the most is has had, event coordinator Don Marshall said.

"If the weather holds out, this should be the biggest one yet," Marshall said. "We had about 3,000 people last year, and we have more vendors and a bigger kids' section this year."

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Children could make arts and crafts, jump on the moon bounce, hit a piñata and even pet a live llama.

According to Marshall, the street fest is a place where both locals and visitors can relax and enjoy the day.

"For locals, Shepherdstown looks a little different today," he said. "For folks from out of town, it is a chance for them to get away and visit the different vendors and check out the bands. The open container policy on German Street doesn't hurt, either."

The event took place on East German Street, started at 10 a.m. and was scheduled to go until 9 p.m. Live performances from bands playing all types of music including jazz and bluegrass took the stage throughout the day.

Some people used the festival as a way to get outside for a day.

Bobby and Tammey Johnson of Wardensville, W.Va., stopped by the festival for a few hours on their way to Saturday night's Major League baseball game in Washington between the Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles.

"It's nice being out in the weather, enjoying the music," Bobby Johnson said. "A lot of the arts and crafts are local, and we like to look around."

Scott and Liz Grubbs were at the street fest to help keep their 20-month-old son, Nick, busy.

"It's a nice family event and we like Shepherdstown," said Scott Grubbs, whose family is from Purcellville, Va. "We go to these a couple times a year. It is leisurely to walk around and just be outside."

In addition to the vendors, who sold everything from T-shirts and jewelry to handmade baskets and birdhouses, various food vendors were set up serving hot dogs, funnel cakes, lemonade, grilled kebabs and beer.

"There has been a good turnout of customers so far," said Dana Mitchell, who has sold her homemade vintage jewelry, hats and soaps for three years at the street fest. "They are starting to recognize some of my stuff."

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