The streets of Annville were bustling Saturday, June 8, with the 35th annual Historic Old Annville Day in full swing.

150 vendors set up along eight blocks of West Main Street to serve crowd of attendees under a bright blue sky. Local crafters, small businesses, nonprofits, and more set up Saturday to share art, food, ideas, and more with their community. The event is organized by Friends of Old Annville.

Artist Dale Kelley celebrated local history and culture with his drybrushed works largely depicting nearby sites and scenes.

“It keeps it in people’s mind that there are neat historic landscapes in our area,” explained Kelley.

Dr. Robert Silverman of Tooth Acres Farm Woodturning hoped not just to sell wooden pieces, but catch up with former clients in the community.

Dr. Robert Silverman shows off his woodturned art.

“I had a practice downtown for 40 years and this is a good chance to catch up with old patients,” explained the retired dentist. “It’s also a way for me to show off my work to them.”

Other vendors, like Connie Thompson of Crystal Earth, hoped to spread the word about their small businesses and expand their clientele.

“I’m here to help get my name out in Cleona,” said Thompson, who sells decor and crystals made both by herself and other American-made and fair trade sources.

For attendees who were snackish, Saturday’s event had plenty of options.

A wide variety of food trucks were stationed along the road, with offerings ranging from desserts to burgers to drinks.

Many vendors also sold food.

Chip Jacob of CJ’s Market Table sold a variety of pickles, canned preserves, hot sauces and more, mostly sourced from local farms.

“[Historic Old Annville Day is] fantastic; we’re trying to keep it local and this gives us a chance to give back to the community,” Jacob said.

The event also saw representation from a variety of nonprofits and community groups.

“We want to get more people to participate in the legal process of our county,” said Abby with the Lebanon County Democrats, which were set up to help attendees register to vote.

Throughout the day, nine musicians or musical groups performed to keep visitors entertained with everything from bluegrass to bagpipes.

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Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.


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