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Market Day in Waynesboro is 'a big event in a little town'

October 06, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Kiersten McCartney, Charlie Tuttle, the Nittany Lion and Emily Deshong spread the Penn State spirit Saturday at the eighth annual Market Day in Waynesboro, Pa.
By Roxann Miller

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Colton Welsh, 12, and his 5-year-old brother, Quinton, couldn’t figure out what all of the commotion was Saturday in downtown Waynesboro.

The boys scrambled around their house and raced to their mother, Genny Welsh, for answers about the noise and music coming from Main Street.

“The kids got up and said, ‘There’s something going on, and I think it’s a parade,’” said Genny Welsh, who knew it was the town’s eighth annual Market Day.

“We came out to spend the day together,” Welsh said while sitting with her sons on the sidewalk munching on hot dogs and french fries.

Colton, whose lips were stained bright red from a cherry snow cone, said he was having fun.

“I like how there’s food everywhere, people selling stuff and there are a lot of games to play,” Colton said between bites of a hot dog.

Market Day, held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featured 112 craft, food and nonprofit vendors as well as pony rides, live music, entertainment, a scarecrow contest and chili cook-off.

Heather Arestad, administrative assistant of Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc., said the event draws about 5,000 people to downtown every year.

“We have a lot of vendors who come every single year,” Arestad said. “People know that this is the event they can attend to see that (particular) vendor. I think it helps that it’s around October and people are stocking up for holiday gifts.”

MaryAnn Prentice was in town from Rochester, N.Y., for her sister-in-law’s mother’s 90th birthday party.

Before the big event, she went to the downtown festival.

“It’s so big,” she said. “I can’t believe that a little town like Waynesboro could have such a big event like this.”

She walked through the streets with her great-niece, Kamren Rinker, 5, of Waynesboro.

“This is really nice. We have festivals like this in Rochester, but they are usually hard to get to and you pretty much have to get bused in,” Prentice said while carrying a bag of kettle corn she purchased.

Shelva Carter of Chambersburg, Pa., makes it a point to stop by Market Day just about every year.

“It’s original. I like it. It’s small-town,” Carter said while buying a funnel cake doused with confectionery sugar.

The Chambersburg resident said she likes buying homemade items from the local festivals.

Laken Orner of Waynesboro tries to come to the event every year. This year, she brought her sons, Owen, 7, and Bailey, 4.

“I like the food and the boys like playing around down here and buying things,” Orner said.

While Bailey was getting a lizard tattoo painted on his arm, Owen had his face painted like Spider-Man.

“I want one, too,” Bailey said after seeing his brother’s red-and-black Spider-Man face.

While others were shopping, Lisa McCrea was sampling chili at Mad Anthony’s Chili Cook-Off, which was held in conjunction with Market Day.

For $5, she could sample chili from each of the 10 participants.

“The chili is very good — very interesting flavors,” she said.

Her favorite was the Green Chili by Harold Moritz of Waynesboro.

Moritz said he uses cubed chuck roast, green chilies, garlic, onion and cumin, among other ingredients.

“Our chili is so different for the taste of most people in this area that I don’t know (if I’ll win) because it’s not red, it doesn’t have beans in it and it’s not made with hamburger,” he said. “We do it for fun. It’s just a family thing. If we win, it’s a wonderful bonus, but we never count on it.”

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Market Day winners

The following were the winners of Mad Anthony’s Chili Cook-off held Saturday in conjunction with Market Day in Waynesboro, Pa.:

  • First place — Waynesburger’s Texas Chili (Solomon Contreras)
  • Second place — Barbequed Hawaiian Chicken Chili (Jeffrey Stoops)
  • Third place— Chili for My Honey (Matt Zeigler)
  • Mayor’s choice — Remavege’s Savages Uh-Huh Chili (Tom Remavege)
  • People’s choice — Waynesboro Stallions (Jen Peck and Amy Wade)
  • Best table decoration — Super Bowl Chili (Brian Davis)

The following were the winners of the scarecrow-making contest held in conjunction with Market Day:

  • First place nonprofit/individual — St. Andrews Church
  • Second place nonprofit/individual — Bethany and Charles Miller
  • Third place nonprofit/individual — Quincy Panthers
  • First place profit/business — Leland of Laurel Run
  • Second place profit/business — Penn State Mont Alto Lion Ambassadors
  • Third place profit/business — Advanced Air Services
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