Waynesboro prepares for Market Day

Event will feature craft vendors, food, a beer garden, a chili cook-off, a scarecrow contest and activities for children

September 29, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Russ Myers (on the ground) and Josh Leidig hang the Market Day sponsor acknowledgment banner Thursday over the Mainstreet office on Center Square. Both men work for G.W. Electric. Market Day is Saturday in downtown Waynesboro, Pa.
By Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Final preparations are under way for the seventh annual Market Day on Main Street in Waynesboro.

About 75 percent of 2010's vendors are returning for Saturday's events, according to Andrea Struble, spokeswoman for nonprofit organization Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc.

The organization advertised Market Day on some national craft show websites.

"Because of those, I'd say we have 15 or 20 new vendors that have never been here before," Struble said.

Held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Market Day features craft vendors, food, a beer garden, live music and entertainment, a chili cook-off, a scarecrow contest, activities for children, and sidewalk sales from downtown businesses.

Market Day will be held rain or shine.

St. Andrew School will hold its Oktoberfest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The school at the intersection of Main and Broad streets will have games, prizes and food, according to its website.

The pair of events will close Main Street from Potomac Street to Clayton Avenue. However, Broad Street will remain open to north-south traffic.

New this year for Market Day are pony rides with descendants of "Misty of Chincoteague" provided by Waynesboro's Ponytails & Pigtails. The "Wacky Wizard" magician will perform from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

The beer garden will feature craft beers from across Pennsylvania, including Troeg's Dead Reckoning and Dreamweaver, Jack's Hard Cider and Appalachian Mountain Lager. Bands "Center of Gravity" and "Lucky Punk" will perform in the beer garden next to Susquehanna Bank.

Other musical acts for the festival include Dave Snader, Soup, Drew Adams Project and Rich Fehle. Other entertainment includes the Hub City Lindy Hop retro-swing dancers performing on the square at noon, followed by a demonstration at 1 p.m. by Rainbow Gymnastics.

"The merchants this year are not using the streets" for sales, Struble said. "They're doing sidewalk sales."

Visitors who purchase tasting tickets can sample the 16 chili entries in Mad Anthony's Chili Cook-off from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Free parking will be available in Rotary lot and Trinity United Church of Christ's lot.

If you go ...

What: Market Day

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Main Street (Pa. 16) in Waynesboro, Pa.

For more information, call 717-762-0397

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