Market Day to bring hundreds to Water Avenue

Published 10:18 pm Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hand-beaded necklaces, homemade jellies and jams, patch quilts and paintings. All of these things and more will be available at Riverfront Market Day on Saturday.

Since 1971, vendors have been setting up booths along Broad Street and Water Avenue and attracting locals and out-of-towners alike with their homemade goods. There will however, be a few new attractions this year.

“We’re doing a scavenger hunt for the first time this year that’s going to have cash prizes,” said Kelly Sue Giampietro. First place will receive $300, second place $200 and third place $100. Giampietro said most of the scavenger hunt will focus on Water Avenue history.

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Also, there will be live entertainment throughout the day.

“The music is from oldies, rock n’ roll, to classic to a little reggae and Dixieland,” Giampietro said.

Beginning at 9 a.m., Lower Society of Upper Water Avenue will take center stage and sing some Dixieland and Jazz tunes. The band formed in 1971 and has been playing at Riverfront Market Day for decades, Giampietro said.

A returning attraction, which Giampietro said she is especially excited about, is the children’s train ride, which she said is always very popular. Also, there may be some “Harleys” available for those who fancy motorcycles.

“I’m hoping to get some Harley Davidson bikes in there,” Giampietro said.

Other than the live entertainment and many attractions, Giampietro said Riverfront Market Day also presents the perfect opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts before the holiday season gets too hectic.

“This is the time to go Christmas shopping,” she said. “You’ll find so many unique things from different vendors. There are so many artisans that will be there who you can’t find anywhere else.”

She added that since Market Day is on a Saturday during football season, there will be multiple TVs showing all the big games, “so fathers can enjoy the day too.”

Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Entry fees are $2 for adults, $1 for children above age 12 and free for children below age 12.

“It’s been a tradition since 1971 and we’re just trying to keep it growing and make it stronger,” Giampietro said of the day. “It’s just a great asset to the city of Selma.”