BUSINESS

Streets will be full for Sidewalk Days

PAT FRIDGEN

The 43rd annual Sidewalk Days are set for this week, sponsored by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce. With approximately 80 vendors setting up tables on East and West Baltimore streets, and North and South Carlisle streets, the traditional shopping mecca is expected to draw thousands of visitors to downtown Greencastle Friday and Saturday.

While July 9 and 10 are predicted to still be part of the ongoing heat wave, weather should not keep people home. Chamber executive director Joel Fridgen encouraged people to come out and enjoy the summer event, with plenty of cool treats available. And though isolated thunderstorms could offer some relief to temperatures in the 90s, he would be happy if the precipitation came at night.

"We need rain, but I hope the weather cooperates for our exhibitors," said Fridgen.

Sixteen vendors will offer a wide range of foods, so cooking at home in a hot kitchen need not be an option. And seven of the businesses have ice cream or chilled products: Vintage Homemade Ice Cream, Bruster's Real Ice Cream, Antietam Dairy, Mikie's Ice Cream, Pure Magic Ice Cream, Rita's Italian Ice and Trinity Lutheran Church.

For a hot meal or another type of snack, check out Keystone Kettle Popcorn, CC Funnel Cakes, Gary's Pig Roast, C-M Pig Out Catering, Roy's Concessions, Hillbilly's Chuck Wagon, Papa John's, Sherri's Fun Foods and the Rescue Hose Company.

The whole shebang

As always, people make the rounds to see what is on sale by the local businesses and the traveling merchants. This year the wares are wide and varied again. Sidewalk Days will feature clothing, housewares, jewelry, toys, gifts, handcrafted items, accessories and shoes. One booth will conduct fingerprinting of children. The Greencastle Lions Club has its brooms for sale. Greencastle Baptist Church will hand out water. Specialized companies will provide information on their services. Old Home Week representatives will sell caps, shirts and badges.

Entertainment will include the audio and visual. RS Entertainment will provide music from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. "The music should help draw people and just make it more fun," Fridgen said.

Thompson's Karate students will demonstrate their skills at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days on Center Square. Artist Alley, in the parking lot of Frederick, Seibert and Associates, will highlight the work of local artists.

The vendors will start setting up tables at 6 a.m. but sales are active at 8:30 a.m. both days. Hours run until 8:30 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday.

For the convenience of visitors, portable restrooms will be in the parking lot of Church of the Brethren on South Carlisle Street, and in the parking lot behind ELM Shoes on North Carlisle Street. Attendants will also monitor parking at the church to keep lanes open for church personnel and to prevent anyone from getting blocked in.

The chamber is asking shoppers to avoid congregating in the middle of South Carlisle Street. It will be blocked off to through-traffic, but must be easily accessible to emergency vehicles if necessary.

"This is my first Sidewalk Days," continued Fridgen, who was hired in November. "We'll see how it goes. Next year I'll know more."

He appreciated the cooperation of borough and police department officials as he coordinated the logistics of the event.