Mainstreet Waynesboro to host Market Day Oct. 3

WAYNESBORO – Market Day will return this year in Waynesboro with plenty of activities for residents of all ages.

Many regular vendors are returning and more than a dozen new food and craft vendors will be on hand for this year’s event, Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Waynesboro.

“We will have more than 80 food, craft and specialty vendors set up in spaces on Main Street between Potomac Street and Clayton Avenue as well as Main Street Park and the M&T Bank parking lot,” said Angela Smith of Mainstreet Waynesboro. “There will be plenty of food options for people to enjoy, and they can get started on their holiday shopping as well.

Items expected to be offered by craft vendors include pottery, clothing, candles, soaps, woodwork, glass, jewelry, blankets, gourmet pet treats, quilts, home decor and furniture, knitted accessories and much more.

Vendors from Market at the Park, Mainstreet’s successful Saturday morning farmers market, will be set up in Main Street Park and in the parking area behind the park.

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.

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.

Musicians playing throughout the day include Secret Bandwagon from 10 a.m. to noon; Drew Adams from noon to 2 p.m.; and Center of Gravity from 2 to 4 p.m. 

This year, the event will look a bit different.

Main Street will be not be closed because of state-mandated COVID-19 regulations, but vendors will be set up on the sidewalks facing Main Street and all musicians and bands will be in the Main Street Park this year.

Vendors will be spaced farther apart this year to allow for social distancing and for people to move past each other more safely.

In addition, Mainstreet Waynesboro asks all participants to wear masks and maintain social distance in light of concerns for the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with all CDC and state Department of Health guidelines.

Plenty of parking will be 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. 

Events sponsors include FirstEnergy Foundation; Alma Oyer; Paul Gunder of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; Potomac Leasing; Craig, Friedly, Potter and Moore Insurance; Dr. Max E. Creager; Franklin County Visitors Bureau; McLaughlin’s Energy Services; Will and Jill Kessler and Mark Creager.