Marietta Day, a town tradition dating back 40 years, is coming up Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Market Street in the borough’s downtown. The street is to be closed to vehicles for the event, which is to be held rain or shine. Admission is free.
Highlights include a town-wide “flea market” yard sale featuring attic treasures and basement bargains.
There is also an “Artisan’s Corner” featuring local artists and craftspeople (located near The Community House at 264 W. Market St.) Food vendors are also a part of the day In addition to Marietta’s restaurants and pubs, visitors can enjoy a great selection of food and drinks at food stalls and trucks
featuring classic fair foods.
New this year are a few farmers’ market booths as well as a mini-carnival for kids and kids at heart. When a child wins a carnival game, parents and guardians will win too. Adults will receive discount coupons to Marietta businesses for goods and services.
Also new this year is the Marietta Day passport. To encourage visitors to circulate through the event and visit booths, the Marietta Area Business Association is creating a passport. Visitors can pick up a passport and receive a stamp when they visit designated spots. When they fill their passport with stamps, they can redeem
it for a treat at Mulberry Thrill Outdoor Ice Cream Cafe, 100 W. Market St.
“The Marietta Day committee has a vision to maintain the original town-wide ‘yard sale,; and also build upon tradition with old-fashioned fair-type carnival games, enhanced food offerings including local farmers and growers,” said Bob Heiserman, who has been running Marietta Day for more than 20 years. Heiserman noted that the event is the day before Mother’s Day, so it is a grat chance to buy a gift.
Proceeds from the Marietta Day event benefit Marietta beautification, economic, and cultural development.