Market Day continues to grow in Waynesboro
What do food, music, crafts, fun and scarecrows all have in common?
The answer is Mainstreet Waynesboro’s Market Day, when it returns to downtown Waynesboro with plenty of activities for people of all ages and interests.
Many regular vendors are returning and more than three dozen new food and craft vendors will be on hand for this year’s event, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Waynesboro.
“We will have more than 125 food, craft and specialty vendors set up in spaces on Main Street between Potomac Street and Clayton Avenue,” said Angela Smith, Mainstreet Waynesboro’s administrative assistant. “There will be plenty of food options for people to enjoy, and they can get started on their holiday shopping as well.”
Main Street will be closed from Potomac Street to Clayton Avenue, starting at 7 a.m. Detours will reroute drivers via Potomac, Clayton and Second, Third and North streets.
Plenty of parking is available in public lots north and south of Main Street, including the Rotary Parking Lot and the lot behind Trinity United Church of Christ on North Street. For those arriving early, Trinity United Church of Christ is having a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. in Harbaugh Hall. Donations are accepted at the door.
Saint Andrew School’s “KidZone” will feature a dunk tank, bounce house, train ride, carnival games and activities for children young and old, kid-friendly food and popular games that have been included as part of the school’s Oktoberfest in year’s past. The school is at the corner of Broad and Main streets. All of the festivities begin at 9 a.m.
Items expected to be offered by craft vendors include pottery, clothing, candles, soaps, woodwork, glass, jewelry, blankets, gourmet pet treats, quilts, home decor, furniture and knitted accessories.
Vendors from Market at the Park, Mainstreet’s successful Saturday morning market, will be spread out among the vendors along Main Street during Market Day.
Businesses on Main Street will have sidewalk sales and event-day specials, offering everything from shoes, clothing, antiques, games and books to chocolates, coffee, cigars and more.
Musicians playing throughout the day include Bodhi’s Ransom from 10 to 11:30, Drew Adams from noon to 2 p.m. and Center of Gravity from 2 to 4 p.m. All musicians and bands will be in the Main Street Park this year, located at 25 E. Main St. There will be no music on the square as in previous years.
Another annual favorite is the Market Day scarecrow contest. Families, schools and businesses will be making scarecrows that will hang from Main Street light poles. Cash prizes will be awarded. The scarecrow contest is sponsored by Arlene Unger of Re/Max Associated Realty Group of Waynesboro.
At 3:45 p.m., a horse-drawn carriage will transport the first beer keg for Renfrew Park’s Oktoberfest celebration west on Main Street to the Eagles Club, 16 E. Main St., site of the event.
Lead sponsor of the 2019 Market Day is First Energy Foundation. Other major sponsors include Mrs. Alma Oyer, Arlene Unger, Coldwell Banker, Owls Club of Waynesboro, Craig, Friedly, Potter and Moore, Dr. Max E. Creager, and McLaughlin’s Energy Services.