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4th Waynesboro Market Day draws event's biggest crowd

October 05, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A stroll down Main Street Saturday in Waynesboro offered something for just about everyone.

Live music of virtually all genres blared at different locations throughout the day, the aroma of dozens of concessions filled the air and more than 75 vendors lined the sidewalks, joining local businesses by offering discounted merchandise.

It all was part of the fourth annual Market Day, presented by Main Street Waynesboro Inc. in conjunction with St. Andrew School's Oktoberfest Family Fun Day.

"The merchants (on Main Street) tell me this is the busiest day of the calendar year," said Main Street Waynesboro Inc. manager Bruce Dreisbach, moments after judging the apple pie contest. "A lot of people get into habits after living here for 30 or so years and they're not aware of the new, different places that are around. There's a lot of stuff (downtown) that people haven't discovered yet."

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Market Day is designed to promote the downtown area. For the St. Andrew School, the Oktoberfest event is a fundraiser for the Home School Organization (HSO), which pays for "extras" for the students.

"It got started as a way to raise funds, but it's also a way to get the community, the school and the church involved," HSO President Melissa Foreman said. "Everybody comes together to make this a great event."

Foreman helped coordinate her second Oktoberfest at the school. She turned to colleague Michele Wilhide, who has been around for more of the annual events, and said Saturday was one of the biggest turnouts ever.

"It helps that the streets are closed down for the day. This is the second year for that," said Wilhide, co-vice president of the HSO. "It's a great turnout and gorgeous day."

The weather cooperated and brought more people to Market Day, which Dreisbach said was the biggest since it started.

"I did a couple of counts and at any hour there were about 1,000 people on the streets," Dreisbach said. "People usually come and stay for an hour and a half or so, so my best guess would be about 5,000 people here today."

Main Street Waynesboro Inc. shaped the festivities to exploit all that the downtown area has to offer. A firetruck sat on the square with its turntable ladder extended high into the sky, serving as a centerpiece for the four-block event - three blocks reserved for Market Day vendors and one for Oktoberfest.

Music stages were set up at each block and vendors lined the sidewalks. Dave Snader, Austin Bauserman, Cocoa Blues Band, Boro Boogie Pickers, Dimestore Profit and The Wayne Band provided live music.

More than 30 sponsors and countless volunteers contributed to Market Day and Oktoberfest.

"It was super," Dreisbach said.

The second phase of St. Andrew's Oktoberfest will be Oct. 31 at 6 p.m., when the church and school will put on a dinner auction at Green Grove Gardens in Greencastle, Pa. There will be silent and live auctions featuring furniture, art and various collectibles. Tickets are available at St. Andrew School.

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