Ris­ing Sun’s Sunfest set to ex­pand this June

Or­ga­niz­ers add 53 ven­dor spa­ces

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— With in­ter­est grow­ing in par­tic­i­pat­ing in Sunfest, or­ga­niz­ers have added 53 new spots for ven­dors.

“We had 90 spa­ces as is,” said Vin­cent Sam­mons, spokesman for the Ris­ing Sun Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Those are the ven­dor spac-

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es in the town park­ing lot and along North Queen Street. In re­cent years, East Main Street from South Queen to Wal­nut streets were used as over­flow for other ven­dors, in­clud­ing fam­ily friendly games.

“We have a lot of in­ter­ested third-party ven­dors for games,” Sam­mons said Wed­nes­day.

In to­tal, there were 150 ven­dors spa­ces taken for Sunfest 2015. Ac­cord­ing to Sam­mons, the cham­ber gets the bulk of its ap­pli­ca­tions in the month lead­ing up to the June event. There’s an ad­van­tage to sign­ing up now though.

“If they want to get free ad­ver­tis­ing, they need to reg­is­ter now,” Sam­mons said.

Pre-reg­is­tra­tion for both Sunfest and the Sunfest Pa­rade can be com­pleted on­line at www.sunfest.us. Sam­mons said those par­tic­i­pants with web­sites will have that in­for­ma­tion shared on the Sunfest site.

This is the 27th year for the an­nual street fes­ti­val al­ways held the first Satur­day in June. While Ris­ing Sun Idol will re­turn this year, Sam­mons said there are sev­eral new events.

“We’ll have a Tug-O-War: the Ris­ing Sun Cham­ber of Com­merce ver­sus the town,” Sam­mons said.

A pie-eat­ing con­test and an old-time base­ball game are also slated.

“The game will be held at Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School when Sunfest is over,” Sam­mons said.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Zach Van­ber­gen, a Cub Scout from Ris­ing Sun, par­tic­i­pates in the rain gut­ter re­gatta at Sunfest 2015. Or­ga­niz­ers are look­ing to ex­pand their of­fer­ings at this year’s event.

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