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Celebrate! The Arts at Old Market Day fills the streets with people, food and entertainment

July 21, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Longtime friends Sherry Wenger and Bonnie Marpoe, both of Shippensburg, Pa., stop to admire some unique carved gourds on Saturday at Celebrate! The Arts at Old Market Day in Chambersburg, Pa.
By Roxann Miller

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — More than 10,000 people filled the streets of downtown Chambersburg on Saturday to sample the food, listen to entertainment and browse past hundreds of craft vendors at Celebrate! The Arts at Old Market Day.

About 150 craft vendors lined Main Street between King and Washington streets, providing plenty of choices for even the pickiest shopper.

Saturday’s street festival, presented by the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg and the Council for the Arts, is the largest event of Chambersfest, which continues through July 29.

Robin Harmon, a volunteer for the downtown business council, said attendance was down a bit this year because of the early-morning rain, but not significantly.

Harmon said a little rain couldn’t keep people away from the event.

“It’s fun to shop and see different things,” Harmon said. “I like bumping into people you don’t normally see.”

Amanda Hann of Fayetteville, Pa., said she comes to the event every year.

Aside from the lure of the food such as blooming onions and funnel cakes, Hann likes finding unique craft items.

On Saturday, Hann who is a photographer, picked up a pair of butterfly wings from Fairy Wings & Things of Manheim, Pa.

“I always come down looking for different (photography) props,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to see what you are buying and touch it with your hands versus just seeing a picture.”

Last year was the first time that Melessa Rudy, owner of Fairy Wings & Things, set up at the event.

“I did very well last year,” she said. “It was one of my top shows.”

While the early-morning drizzle caused the street festival to get off to a slow start, attendance picked up by noon.

Erma Fleming of Chambersburg purchased a hanging country decoration for her home.

“I don’t have a place for this yet, but I am sure I’ll find one,” said Fleming, who said she loves everything about Old Market Day.

As much as she enjoys seeing all of the crafts, Fleming said she loves the social aspect of the street festival.

“Just seeing the people — I just saw a friend I haven’t seen in a long time,” Fleming said.

Celebrate! The Arts at Old Market Day had something for even the littlest shoppers.

Brooke Lyon, 2, of Chambersburg leaned over her stroller to touch a basket filled with pumpkins.

“We came to walk around and check things out,” said Mason Lyon, Brooke’s father. “We definitely wanted to check out the food.”

Penny Shaul, president of the downtown business council, said she was pleased with the success of the daylong event.

“It’s a fun activity,” she said. “It’s a chance to get people downtown, and it brings the community together.”

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