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Sussex Countian
  • Open Air Market coming to The Circle next month

  • Georgetown will host the town’s first Open Air Market on The Circle from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. Vendor space is still available.


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  • Few things bring a community together like a yard sale.
    Neighbors visit each other while perusing good deals, families get to unload some unwanted items and everyone enjoys some time outside.
    Georgetown is hoping to provide that experience on an even grander scale when it hosts the town’s first Open Air Market on The Circle next month.
    Here are five things you need to know the event from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.
    1 SELLERS OF ALL SIZES AND TYPES INVITED
    Town officials are currently seeking vendors interested in setting up tables or displays around The Circle to sell their new and used merchandise, artwork, crafts, clothing, vintage items and everything else you might find at a typical yard sale.
    “Lots of other towns hold community-wide yard sales that are very successful, but everyone sort of does their own thing,” said town clerk and market organizer Angie Townsend. “We wanted to do something that brings everyone into downtown so they can shop and also visit our local businesses and eateries nearby.”
    2 PLENTY OF SELLER SPACE STILL AVAILABLE
    Townsend said the plan is for vendors to park a vehicle outside The Circle and set up tables, which are available for $15. A 10-foot-by-20-foot space for a vehicle and a trailer also can be purchased for $30.
    Spaces can be reserved with payment by calling town hall at (302) 856-7391 before the Sept. 1 deadline. Forms also are available online at the town website, www.georgetowndel.com.
    “We’ve sold a few spaces so far, but there is still plenty of room available,” Townsend said.
    Townsend said the town also is hoping to encourage food vendors, political candidates and community organizations to join in the fun.
    “The focus is a downtown yard sale, but we also want this to be a community event with food and activities available,” she said.
    3 THE CIRCLE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC
    Georgetown police will block off The Circle at Market and Bedford streets to keep the area free of vehicular traffic during the event.
    Townsend said the idea is for people to walk freely while patronizing vendors’ wares.
    “It’s the same thing we do with our Spring Into Spring Festival, which has been a big success,” she said. “Our goal is to make this an annual event that gives people from all around a reason to visit Georgetown.”
    4 YARD SALES THROUGHOUT TOWN ENCOURAGED
    While the town is hoping to attract sellers to The Circle for the Open Air Market, Townsend said individuals and families are welcome to plan their yard sales around the event.
    “Our goal is to attract sellers to The Circle because of the prime location, but it makes sense that people around town would want to take advantage of the day by holding their own sales,” she said. “The idea is really to make this a community-wide event.”
    Page 2 of 2 - 5 OLD COURTHOUSE TOURS WILL BE AVAILABLE
    As a part of the festivities, tours of the Historic Sussex County Courthouse at 10 S. Bedford St. also will be available throughout the day.
    The 220-year-old courthouse recently underwent a series of renovations that forced the Georgetown Historical Society to close the building through most of the summer. The courthouse re-opened to tours at the end of July.
     
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