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Arts & Crafts Fair is Saturday at Hoffer Park; vendors added

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 6/6/18

Middletown’s annual Arts & Crafts Fair keeps getting bigger and better, organizers say.

This year’s fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9, in Hoffer Park had 112 vendors …

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Arts & Crafts Fair is Saturday at Hoffer Park; vendors added

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Middletown’s annual Arts & Crafts Fair keeps getting bigger and better, organizers say.

This year’s fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9, in Hoffer Park had 112 vendors signed up as of Friday, June 1, with still more being added.

The 112 is slightly more than the number of vendors at last year’s fair, said Jenny Miller, a trustee of the Middletown Area Historical Society.

Admission is free, and the fair is held rain or shine.

At least half the vendors are returning ones who should be familiar to people who have been coming to the fair in recent years.

The many new vendors include one bringing 16 varieties of home-made fudge, Miller said. Another will offer Southern fried chicken.

Speaking of food, there is always lots of food for sale at the fair, with proceeds benefitting a number of nonprofit and charitable causes.

This year more food offerings have been added to provide more variety. For example, Middletown Public Library will have baked goods and a soft pretzel stand, and the Boy Scouts sponsored by American Legion Post 594 will have chicken cheesesteak subs.

This year’s show has added a new band to provide live entertainment, the Lower Paxton Variety Band, which will perform in the afternoon.

The Lower Paxton band joins returning live entertainment staples to the craft show including the Keystone Concert Band, and the magic show for children done by Magical Nick.

This year’s fair also will have an expanded shopping area just for children, with prices that children can afford, Miller said.

The historical society again will have its own Country Store, featuring society memorabilia for sale including books and wood houses. The Country Store will feature live plants this year.

Otherwise, the fair will again include a baking competition, the “Fast ’N Loud” car show, and “Ride The Rails for Cancer” rides provided by Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad, with proceeds benefitting the Vickie’s Angel Foundation.