Market Days to be Saturday only

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Sep 04, 2019 - 01:31 PM

With Hurricane Dorian looming off the coast and threatening an impact to the area, this year’s 45th annual Mathews Market Days will be a one-day event, opening Saturday at 9 a.m. 

Based on the current forecasted weather conditions, the Mathews Market Days Committee announced Wednesday morning that Friday’s events have been cancelled. Vendors for Market Days will be allowed to set up on Saturday beginning at 6 a.m. and must be completed their setup by 8:45 a.m. Road closures will take place as scheduled beginning at midnight Friday.

Should the weather patterns worsen for Saturday, the Mathews Market Days Committee will make determinations as needed and will notify the public of those changes by 5 p.m. Friday. Should a mandatory evacuation be called, Mathews Market Days will be cancelled for 2019.

This year, Market Days Committee chair Hugh Turner said that organizers are excited about bringing the children’s area back this year with plenty of activities for young people to enjoy. Turner said there will be special booths set up for children along with bounce houses and other activities, all behind Tompkins Cottage.

“We’re also excited about bringing several new food vendors to Market Days this year,” Turner said. He said he is looking forward to guests trying the new vendors, along with continuing to enjoy the traditional food vendors that have been a staple of Market Days for decades.

According to Turner, excitement for this year’s festival has already been evident, and was shown during the 45th annual poster signing event that was held recently at the Bay School Community Arts Center. “We sold a substantial number of this year’s P. Buckley Moss print,” he said. “We were really pleased with that.”

He said as usual, visitors will be able to enjoy about 50 arts and crafts vendors around the court green area and a number of information booths on various services will be lined up and down Church Street.

“During the event, we will have different musicians taking the stage,” Turner added. 

The Market Days Pet Parade will kick off the event Saturday beginning at 9 o’clock. The event is open to all ages and all types of pets. Registration will begin at 8:45. The flag will be raised and opening ceremonies will begin promptly at 9:30.

Also, the Show ’N Shine Car Show, hosted by the Classic Cruiser Car Club and Middle Peninsula Classic Cruisers, will once again complement Market Days from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Hunter Middle School. The event is open to all vehicles and donations for entry fees will benefit Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. Awards will be given in several different categories. 

The Saturday Night Street Dance will wrap up the festival Saturday, featuring the band “Fade to Blue.” The dance will begin at 6 p.m., with some food vendors staying through the event.

Looking back over the 45 years Market Days has been a part of the community, Turner said, “it’s something the community looks forward to. Over the years, it has grown from a small festival to a very large event.”

He said arts and crafts vendors from all over the region flock to Market Days. This year, he said there has been a focus on getting many of the local artists and crafters back on hand not only to complement Market Days, but to help the artists as well. “That’s what it should be about,” he added.

Also this year, he said the funds raised by Market Days will go to those organizations directly involved in sup-

porting the education of children in the community.

“We’re all really looking forward to it,” Turner said. For more information on this weekend’s festival, visit