The Summer Craft & Vendor Show at Tulpehocken Manor will go on this year, after being cleared by local officials.
Cognizant of the COVID-19 pandemic, event organizer Michelle Dubble said in a phone interview that she wanted to make sure there was a green light before making the decision. So, she contacted county and Jackson Township leaders and the state police in advance.
The Saturday, June 27 show will be held rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the historic manor grounds at 648 W. Lincoln Ave., Myerstown. It will feature more than 100 vendors, up from last year’s total of 70. They will be selling a broad range of items, including metal art, jewelry, woodworking pieces and handmade quilts. Dubble said there will even be a pet photographer.
A Hresko’s Bar-B-Q Pit food truck will be present, as well.
Last year’s event, the first Summer Craft & Vendor Show, drew between 800 and 1,000 people, Dubble said, and was a fundraiser for the Kilo 43 Dominican Republic mission team trip. The 2020 show also will raise money for that cause.
Admission and parking are both free, and all children in attendance will receive a free balloon. Adults can win donated door prizes. The Lebanon County Humane Society will be on hand with an adoptable dog. Anyone who donates a nonperishable item to the humane society — such as food, treats, paper towels, dishwashing detergent, cat litter — will receive an extra ticket for a chance to win a door prize.
Dubble said the show was picking up vendors who had been scheduled for other events that were canceled because of the coronavirus. “We have plenty of room so we can take them.”
The event will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Vendors will be spread out in the 16-acre homestead, at least six feet apart. Dubble said. Those at their stands will be wearing masks, she said, and there will be hand sanitizer.
On its Facebook page, the show recommends — in capital letters — “that all patrons wear face masks and abide by social distancing rules. We ask if anyone is not feel[ing] well the day of the event, you refrain from attending.”
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