SunFest brings the party back to Ris­ing Sun on Satur­day



— With more than 112 ven­dors and the power of so­cial media, SunFest is promis­ing to be huge this year, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­nizer of Satur­day’s an­nual cham­ber of com­merce event.

“We prob­a­bly only have eight spa­ces avail­able in the ex­ten­sion area,” Vin­cent Sam­mons said. “We have a lot of new ven­dors.”

Sam­mons said vir­tu­ally ev­ery home-based busi­ness brand will be rep­re­sented, along with lo­cal busi­ness, crafters, churches, clubs and or­ga­ni­za­tions. Mov­ing the reg­is­tra­tion to an on­line-only for­mat means some long-


time par­tic­i­pants may not be in their usual space, he said.

“It was first-come, first­served. Older ven­dors that waited un­til the last minute not think­ing we’d be full were sur­prised,” Sam­mons said Tues­day.

This is the 27th year of the pop­u­lar street fes­ti­val, which orig­i­nated with the idea of at­tract­ing shop­pers to down­town busi­nesses.

SunFest be­gins at 9 a.m. Satur­day with a pa­rade along East Main Street. Sam­mons ex­pects a lot of last-minute drop-ins for the pa­rade, which will line up along Colo­nial Way for the pro­ces­sion.

While East Main will be closed for the pa­rade, it will not re­main closed all day, Sam­mons said. With Howard Bank mak­ing its Pearl Street park­ing lot avail­able for up to 53 ven­dors, the need to close the main thor­ough­fare is gone.

“That is un­less the Com­mu­nity Fire Com­pany of Ris­ing Sun wants to bring out its fire en­gines,” Sam­mons said.

Sam­mons said en­ter­tain­ment this year will in­clude im­per­son­ators of Elvis, Buddy Holly and Patsy Cline. Street Lamp Pro­duc­tions will of­fer a per­for­mance as well as a demon­stra­tion from Ris­ing Sun Mar­tial Arts.

New this year is the pieeat­ing con­test and a tu­gof-war, pit­ting mem­bers of the cham­ber against town of­fi­cials. Pie-eat­ing kids will have to plow through a small pie, while the adults will snarf down a whole, full­sized pie to win.

Shut­tle ser­vice from Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School and the Ris­ing Sun Towne Cen­ter park­ing lot will be avail­able, drop­ping off in the cen­ter square.

As the street fes­ti­val draws to a close at 4 p.m., the Base Ball Club of Ris­ing Sun will be­gin a game against The Ch­e­sa­peake Nine at the mid­dle school. The club plays by the rules and in the uni­forms of the game as it was played in 1864.

“It first came to Ris­ing Sun in 1866, said Greg Ro­den­baugh, founder of the team. “It was one of the first in the re­gion to have a team.”

In fact, Ro­den­baugh said sev­eral streets in town are named for those early team mem­bers.

“This is the 150th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of base­ball in Ris­ing Sun. Names like Wil­son and Smith, gen­tle­men of the town that played on the base­ball team,” he added.

Ro­den­baugh said the club is con­stantly in search of new play­ers 18 and older. The game is played with­out gloves, in heavy flan­nel uni­forms and with dif­fer­ent rules about the base­lines, foul balls and other mat­ters.

Ad­mis­sion to the game is free.


The Base Ball Club of Ris­ing Sun, cel­e­brat­ing 150 years of base­ball in the town, will take on the Ch­e­sa­peake Nine at 4 p.m. Satur­day at Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School to cap off SunFest.


SunFest, the an­nual street fair in the cen­ter of Ris­ing Sun, re­turns Satur­day with a pa­rade at 9 a.m. The day ends with a vin­tage base­ball game at Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School be­gin­ning at 4 p.m.

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