Beautiful weather attracts an estimated 10,000 to Market Days

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Sep 11, 2013 - 01:06 PM

Photo: Robin Marshall of Mathews was recognized during opening ceremonies at Market Days for her winning poster design, which had already nearly sold out by Saturday morning. Marshall said she was deeply grateful and gave all the credit to God. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Robin Marshall of Mathews was recognized during opening ceremonies at Market Days for her winning poster design, which had already nearly sold out by Saturday morning. Marshall said she was deeply grateful and gave all the credit to God. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Photo: Luke Lewis of Mathews had his hands full with his festively dressed golden lab Bella during the Pet Parade at Mathews Market Days Saturday. Beautiful weather drew crowds to the annual festival, held on Friday and Saturday. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Luke Lewis of Mathews had his hands full with his festively dressed golden lab Bella during the Pet Parade at Mathews Market Days Saturday. Beautiful weather drew crowds to the annual festival, held on Friday and Saturday. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Mathews Market Days was held under bright blue skies this year, with a gentle breeze keeping the sun’s heat at bay. Festival-goers appeared relaxed and happy as they ate crab cakes and kettle corn, listened to performers, or made their way through booths displaying everything from art, jewelry, and pottery to woolen rugs, wooden toys, and one large turquoise metal chair.

Activities for children included carnival games, bounce houses, pony rides, and a chance to race remote-controlled cars.

"We couldn’t have asked for better weather," said Market Days publicity chair Trudy Flippin. Craft and food sales were good on Friday and better on Saturday, she said, and "there were a lot of people everywhere."

Although she said it was difficult to determine attendance, Flippin guessed that there were close to 10,000 people at the festival over the two days it was held. She said the band Bad Ace drew a large crowd to the Saturday Night Street Dance, filling the streets. The band couldn’t resist an 11 p.m. request to play one more song, she said, adding, "it seemed everyone had a good time."

"No matter if I was walking through the Mathews Art Group on Main Street, strolling through the Court Green looking at crafts and speaking to information vendors, getting something to eat in the food court, or just listening to the live entertainment, there were just a lot of nice guests with smiling faces and kind words everywhere," Flippin said.