Waynesboro Market Day is October 2

CUTLINE: Emcee John Poniske overlooks the crowd during a children's activity in Waynesboro's Center Square.



Waynesboro Market Day is October 2

Waynesboro: Downtown Waynesboro's Main Street and Center Square will be closed to traffic but open for pedestrians-and fun-during the sixth annual Market Day celebration on Saturday, October 2. Sponsored by Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc., the event runs from 9am to 4pm and features craft vendors, food, live music and entertainment, activities for children and sidewalk sales.
St. Andrew School's annual Oktoberfest Family Fun Day will be held in conjunction with the event, with games, train rides and other family activities.
Mainstreet board member, Margaret Schmelzer said Market Day offers something for everyone. "We have face painting and balloon animals for kids," she said, "plus two music staging areas for a variety of continuous entertainment throughout the day."
Musicians include Dime Store Profit, Four Years Out, the Wayne Band, Dave Snader, and Rich Fehle. In addition, the popular retro-swing dance group, the Lindy Hoppers, will perform in the square at 2pm.
"This is a wonderful day to come to downtown Waynesboro," said event coordinator, Melissa Russ of Mainstreet. "We have dozens of specialty and food vendors, and more are signing up daily."
Items offered include handcrafted pottery by area ceramists, candles, soaps, books and journals, handmade wooden door toppers and benches, glass pendants, homemade dog treats, pet apparel and toys, handcrafted jewelry and beads, t-shirts, specialty blankets, scarves, kettle corn, home decor items, gourmet packaged foods, crocheted and knitted items, and much more.
In addition to craft vendors, many Main Street businesses will have sidewalk sales with 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.
There are a number of new features this year. WAYZ morning DJ, "Tiny" Michaels will conduct a live radio broadcast from 9 to 11am, with prizes and giveaways. Live alpacas and chair caning demonstrations join the activities this year.
Also new, Rev. Linda Watkins of St. Mary's Episcopal Church will provide a traditional Blessing of the Animals at 1pm on Center Square. All pets must be appropriately leashed.
Food vendors on the square will tempt visitors with all kinds of goodies from BBQ chicken, burgers, hot dogs and fries, to shrimp, steamers, baked goods and ice cream.
Competition is hot for Mad Anthony's Chili Cook-off. From 11:30am to 1:30pm, 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 judges-Pa. State Senator Rich Alloway, Waynesboro Fire Chief Dave Martin, local chili expert Steve Monn, Mike Evans, chief underwriting officer for Frederick Mutual Insurance, and Waynesboro borough council president, Craig Newcomer-will choose first ($500 prize), second ($250 prize) and third ($100 prize) place winners, based on aroma, consistency and taste. The chili with the most votes from visitors will win People's Choice and the prize is $100 in gift certificates. Prizes will be awarded at 3pm.
Chili entries are still welcome. The entry fee is $25. Call 717-655-5347 for more information
Adding to the festivities is the annual scarecrow contest and display. Scarecrows hung on lampposts will line Main Street, and winners of the contest will be announced during the event. Scarecrow entries are still being accepted. The entry deadline is Sept. 24. Prizes will be awarded in two categories, non-profit and business: first place ($150), second ($75) and third ($50).
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.
Market Day is made possible through support by the following sponsors: M&T Bank, Richard & Jean Rose, 1912 Hoover House, Martz Plumbing and Heating, Inc., Cumberland Insurance Group, William & Roberta Shank and Eunice Statler.
The official sponsor for the chili contest is Frederick Mutual Insurance Company. Other sponsors include Key Insurance, Progressive Insurance, Campbell Insurance & Investments LLC, CFP & Moore Insurance Agency, Julianne Lesniak, Re/Max, State Farm Insurance, Tom & Eva Rickrode. In-kind support was provided from The Beer Shed, Olympian Athletics and Burgundy Lane Bed & Breakfast.
For more information or contest entry forms, call the Mainstreet office at 717-762-0397 or visit www.wbopa.com.