Summertime means Sidewalk Days and RHC Carnival

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Hogtails offered by the Rescue Hose Company are a local favorite and are available at both Sidewalk Days and the RHC Carnival.

Greencastle’s two popular July traditions start this weekend, and summer just isn’t the same if residents can’t participate in both.

The 46th annual Sidewalk Days are July 12 and 13. The hours are Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Greencastle. The event is sponsored by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

The Rescue Hose Company Carnival runs July 15-20. It is the major fundraiser for the fire department and will be held at the Special Events Center  at 407 S. Washington St.

Sidewalk Days

Many features of Sidewalk Days attract shoppers from the greater area. Musical entertainment will be provided on Center Square, sponsored by Corning Credit Union.  On North Carlisle Street there is a KIDS ZONE from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days offering sand art, face painting, and a photo booth and Sandy Candy sponsored by F & M Trust.  Also, the Greencastle-Antrim Band Boosters is sponsoring some activities next to the KIDS ZONE.

Local merchants as well as participating vendors will have merchandise of all types for sale. There will be a variety of food and ice cream available for your enjoyment.   

“There are brochures available at the information center, which is next to the green house on the square, so attendees can see all the vendors and stores participating in Sidewalk Days,” said Joel Fridgen, executive director of the chamber.  “This year we also have some businesses participating that are not located in the downtown area because of logistics or types of items for sale.  Their information is also included in the brochures.”

For more information go to or email or call 717-597-4610.


The fireman’s carnival starts Monday with the first musical performance by “The Starlighters”, billed as the best of local variety. Tuesday’s entertainment is “Circa Blue”, not competely traditional and not completely newgrass. Wednesday and Thursday are Karaoke nights, the former for adults, the latter for youth under age 18. On Friday “The Alex Hilton Band” plays upbeat rocking’ country. The carnival closes Saturday with “Rudy & the Bluefish”, keepin’ the blues alive.

Of course, food is also a draw for the carnival crowd. Each night the dining hall and outdoor foodstands will feature HOCO burgers, beef and pulled pork BBQ, hot and Italian sausages, pork tenderloin, homemade soups, and fresh cut fries and hog tails. Monday night visitors can buy one HOCO burger and get one free.

The midway will feature over 23 rides, with a wrist band for $20. Cash Bingo will also be held each night.