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Beautiful weather helps bring success back to Sreet Fest

By Staff | Jul 1, 2016

Thousands flocked to Shepherdstown Saturday to enjoy Street Fest–a day filled with fun, games, entertainment and shopping all in beautiful downtown.

The event, held annually, raises funds for designated charities. This year the organizers of the Fest selected two non-profit charities, one regional and one local, that benefit from the event proceeds.

The regional recipient, CASA-EP, Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Eastern Panhandle, works “to protect the interest of abused and neglected children; to train volunteers to advocate for children in our community and court system, and to advocate until every child has a safe, loving and permanent home. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes.”

The local donation will go to the Shepherdstown Day Care Center. This non-profit that provides care and educational experiences for children from 12 weeks to 10 years. SDC knows that quality childcare is essential for working families. Shepherdstown Day Care Center’s tuition payments for the two-, three- and four-year-old groups are based on a sliding scale that is adjusted for family income.

More than a hundred vendors set up along German Street providing everything from baked goods to t-shirts; stained glass to wooden toys. Shoppers could find nearly anything they wished and vendors were able to enjoy a profitable day.

Brian Pickens, of Morgantown, owner of Made in WV, said midway through the day, “Things are going great today.”‘

Pickens recalled last year’s event having rain all day.

“Today is much better,” he laughed. “Last year we closed up early.”

Made in WV is mainly an online business Pickens said. But he sets up at various shows, usually six to eight each year. A graphic designer for WVU’s Center for Excellence in Disabilities, he calls the t-shirt business a “lucrative hobby.”

Local beekeeper Mike Austin echoed the sentiments of the improvement in the weather.

“It’s so much better this year.”

Austin Went on to commend Street Fest organizers saying the event is well established.

“It’s for a good cause and it’s a fun way to raise funds.” Austin is a regular vendor at this event and many others where he sells his Duchess Apiary honey.

Shopping was not the only thing happening throughout the day. Lead event sponsor, Morgan Academy, hosted Kid’s Camp on the lawn of McMurran Hall where youngsters played games, did crafts and just had fun.

All attendees enjoyed various bands on two different stages throughout the festival hours. The Main Stage started with Chamomile and Whiskey at noon. Bands alternated between that stage and the Library Stage so that live entertainment could be seen at all times. The final act of the evening was the Christian Lopez Band, a popular favorite in Shepherdstown and the surrounding areas.

The event, opening at 10 a.m., closed up at 8:30 p.m.