More than 90 booths will be displayed at the 37th annual Mathews Market Days, known as "The Showcase of a Creative Community" on Friday and Saturday.
Festivities will begin on the court green Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and continue Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
Booths will display local arts and crafts including woodworking, jewelry, table linens, lamps, decorative flags, books, quilts, stained glass, plants, home-baked breads and cakes, and many more homemade and handmade products, according to Market Days spokesperson Trudy Flippin. Local organizations will also offer financial awareness, animal care advice and more, she said.
Ongoing during the festival, a number of food vendors, located in the food court adjacent to the court green, will sell crab cakes, clam chowder, hamburgers, hot dogs, sno-cones, barbecue, handmade kettle corn, funnel cakes, crab soup, steamed shrimp, ice cream and more.
The official celebration will kick off Market Days at 9 a.m. Saturday on the stage near the court green. Honored guests will include Janine Burns, Mathews County supervisor, who will introduce Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Montross), Del. Harvey Morgan (R-Middlesex) and State Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk). "They will each speak briefly and then enjoy Market Days with us," Flippin said.
After their remarks, a prayer will be offered following a flag-raising ceremony and a recital of the National Anthem. Then, Flippin said a cadre of ultralight aircraft will fly over Main Street at noon. They will be led by former Mathews resident Steve Phimister. "You don’t want to miss this," she said.
Gerald Jones, honorary mayor, will unveil the winning 2011 Mathews Market Days poster, and Art Dubey, chair of Market Days, will announce grant recipients and present their checks.