Crowd finds 'unusual gifts' during 33rd annual Mercersburg Townfest

September 29, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Kim Sheeder of Grannies Attic in McConnellsburg, Pa., stitches a fabric pumpkin Saturday at the 33rd annual Mercersburg (Pa.) Townfest.
By Roxann Miller

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — The spotlight was on Mercersburg on Saturday as the historic town hosted the 33rd annual Mercersburg Townfest.

Mabel Perry of Chambersburg, Pa., had just started browsing when she honed in on exactly what she wanted — homemade, natural soap.

She said her daughter has the soap and it works wonders in getting the smell of onions off your hands.

“This is nice to see people you know and to find unusual gifts,” Perry said.

For Lorraine and Don Hair of Mercersburg, attending the event is a tradition.

“We come every year,” Lorraine Hair said. “We like to patronize all the vendors that come.”

This year, their granddaughter, Madeline, 10, of York, Pa., came along.

The trio stopped by some hand-woven rugs that were on display at the festival.

The event, hosted by the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce, featured more than 110 vendors selling items including wooden items, jewelry, wreaths and paintings.

More than 5,000 people attended Saturday’s festival.

Mary-Anne Gordon, executive director of the chamber, said the festival highlights all that Mercersburg has to offer.

“Half of the vendors are local, so people come out to support the local vendors, see the new vendors and to see neighbors,” Gordon said.

Louann Suder, owner of Jacobs Ladder in Greencastle, Pa., and her friend, Ellie Bingaman, not only sold their wares, but also enjoyed watching the crowds pass by their stand.

“We’ve always done well at this show,” Suder said.

She has been setting up at the event for about four years.

But Suder and Bingaman said they enjoy sitting back and watching the crowds walk by.

“Everyone is having a good time,” Suder said.

“And there is all kinds of food here,” Bingaman said.

This is the first year that Sandra and Angela Horne of Mount Union, Pa., stopped by the event and both were glad they came.

The event was highly recommended by one of Angela’s co-workers.

“We’re looking at the crafts for things to decorate our homes, and I have my eye on that candleholder,” Angela said. “These are things you can’t find in just any store.”

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