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Waynesboro Market Day-craft vendors, food, music, chili cook-off

CUTLINE: Hundreds of people crowded Waynesboro's Main Street to enjoy all-day free entertainment and craft and specialty vendors during a previous Market Day event.

Waynesboro Market Day-craft vendors, food, music, chili cook-off

Waynesboro: Downtown Waynesboro's Main Street and Center Square will be closed to traffic but open for pedestrians-and fun-during the eighth annual Market Day celebration on Saturday, October 6. St. Andrew's Oktoberfest family fun event runs simultaneously.
Sponsored by Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc., the event runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and features craft vendors, all kinds of food, live music and entertainment, a chili cook-off, scarecrow contest, activities for children and sidewalk sales.
Mainstreet board member, Margaret Schmelzer said Market Day offers something for everyone. "We have a full lineup of entertainment that everyone will enjoy at different music staging areas and on the square."
Pony rides for kids are returning this year, provided by Waynesboro's Ponytails & Pigtails. The ponies are direct descendants of the famous "Misty of Chincoteague," and can carry a child-or adult-up to 175 pounds.
Face painting is another popular kids attraction returning this year.
Musicians playing throughout the day include the bands Center of Gravity, Drew Adams Project, and Rich Fehle. Other entertainment includes the Tri-State Jitterbugs retro-swing dancers performing on the square.
"This is a wonderful day to come to downtown Waynesboro," Schmelzer said. "We have dozens of specialty and food vendors, and more are signing up daily."
Items offered include handcrafted pottery, candles, soaps, books and journals, handmade wooden items, glass, handcrafted jewelry and beads, t-shirts, specialty blankets, home decor items, knitted items, and much more.
In addition to craft vendors, many Main Street businesses will have sidewalk sales and event-day specials, offering everything from shoes, antiques and books to gourmet chocolates and more.
Several non-profits and other organizations will offer literature and information on a variety of topics, with free health screenings provided by the Waynesboro Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Food vendors on the square will tempt visitors with all kinds of goodies from pork and chicken BBQ, burgers, hot dogs and fries, to steamers, funnel cakes, baked goods and ice cream. For those arriving early, Trinity United Church of Christ is having a pancake breakfast beginning at 7 a.m.
Mad Anthony's Chili Cook-off:
Competition is hot for Mad Anthony's Chili Cook-off. From 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., visitors can sample chili entries for a nominal fee and vote for their favorite. Tasting tickets will be sold at the cook-off site, adjacent to M&T Bank on the square.
A panel of local celebrity judges includes Mayor Dick Starliper, Waynesboro Fire Chief Dave Martin, Waynesboro Chief of Police James Sourbier, WASHS Football Coach Scott Shacreaw, Ann Backer of Blondie's Restaurant, Linda Barkdoll of Ronnie Martin Realty, and Mike Pryor of Mountain Shadows Restaurant.
Winners receive trophies and cash prizes. First place is a $500 prize, second place wins $250 and third place is a $100 prize. The chili with the most votes from visitors will win People's Choice. New this year are awards for Best Table Decoration and Mayor's Choice. Prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m.
Chili entries are welcome through September 27. The entry fee is $25 and includes a free T-shirt. Call 717-762-0397 for more information.
Actor Michael Levick returns as General "Mad Anthony" Wayne. Levick dresses in period garb and will pose for photos as the official mascot of the Mad Anthony's Chili Cook-off.
Adding to the festivities is the annual scarecrow contest and display. Scarecrows will be hung on lampposts along Main Street, and winners of the contest will be announced during the event. Scarecrow entries are still being accepted. The entry deadline is Sept. 28. Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories, non-profit and business.
Plenty of free parking is available in Waynesboro's Rotary parking lot and at Trinity United Church of Christ. Both lots are located close to the activities.
The lead sponsors for Mad Anthony's Chili Cook-off are Key Insurance and
Frederick Mutual Insurance Company. Other chili contest sponsors include Franklin County Visitors Bureau, Progressive Insurance-Don Schilling, Craig, Friedly, Potter & Moore, Denise Lembeck, Cumberland Insurance Group, Farmers Fire Insurance Company, Agency Insurance Company of Maryland and Dairyland Insurance.
Mainstreet membership sponsors include Susquehanna Bank, M&T Bank, Nickson & Alma Oyer, Waynesboro Hospital, and Dick & Jean Rose.
For more information or contest entry forms, call the Mainstreet office at 717-762-0397 or visit

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