HAGERSTOWN - On Saturday at 9:30 a.m., Linda Williams said there was a line of people "over the hill" waiting to get in the doors on the first day of the Kris Kringle Craft and Gift Show at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.
"I couldn't believe it," said Williams, organizer of the annual event.
In its 25th year, the show moved to the ARCC this year with almost double the number of vendors.
Free parking was at a premium by midday Saturday, but Williams was prepared for that with many golf cart operators who took people to and from the show at no charge.
Admission to the show was either a new toy or nonperishable food item. Items were collected by volunteers from Trinity Lutheran Church and will be distributed to the needy.
Once inside, shoppers found free door prize tickets, 10,000 free shopping bags and even a booth where they could "park" their purchases while they went back in to purchase more holiday goodies.