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Sidewalk Days event kicks off this morning in Greencastle

July 11, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

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What: Greencastle-Antrim Sidewalk Days

When: Today, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Downtown Greencastle, Pa.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim Sidewalk Days has taken on an element of mathematics of late.

It just keeps multiplying.

The 41st annual event kicks off this morning and will feature more vendors than ever, which inevitably will equal more shoppers than ever.

"The event has grown considerably over the years," said Bill Gour, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce. "In 2005, there were fewer than 70 vendors. Just three years later, we have close to 100."

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Gour is in his third year as executive director of the Chamber, which took over leadership in 2004.

Sidewalk Days runs today from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and continues Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This year's event will feature more than 20 new vendors - merchants, concessions and crafts - that will be among the nearly 100 that set up downtown, running along Baltimore and Carlisle streets.

"The idea has always been to highlight our strong downtown retail sector," Gour said. "It is quite an event and it draws in thousands of shoppers. The turnout is strong both days."

Each vendor has something to offer - from the indoor/outdoor flea market at Greencastle United Church of Christ to the "Going Green" campaign that will be featured at First National Bank of Greencastle.

Shows and performances are scheduled throughout the day at the square and South Carlisle Street.

Thompson's Karate Studio Demonstration Team will present four times during the weekend - at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both days.

Illusions All Stars Dance and Cheer Team will perform Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by Clarissa's School of Performing Arts at noon

Maps of the vendors and festivities will be available at the information booth at the square. Parking is available at various locations in town.

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