Canton Fall Fling attracts shoppers, despite rain
A cold, rainy Saturday morning didn't keep shoppers from the 10th annual Canton Fall Fling, which began Saturday at the Canton Firemen's Field.
Crowds of people, with jackets and umbrellas in tow, spent the day shopping at a variety of vendor tables, enjoying food and listening to live music. The event, which continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, also featured drawings, a Chinese auction, a cake walk and a bake-off in which the maker of the winning dessert took home a $25 prize.
The event has been held at the Canton Volunteer Fire Department grounds since its beginnings as a small vendor fair, but the fire department assumed coordination of the event for the first time this year, said Rich Bardo, president of the department. "It's under new management," he said.
Original organizer Sue Baker offered control of the event to the fire department after deciding to retire this year, Bardo said. The new organizers added a few new attractions at the event, but "it's mostly the same," he said.
The event attracted nearly 100 vendors and a wide variety of food, including hot soup and chili sold by Boy Scout Troop 33 of Canton, which proved popular throughout the chilly morning.
Vendors with tents set up outside kept warm Saturday morning with blankets, jackets and warm beverages. "They need to turn the heat on in here," joked Margaret Stepp of Williamsport, who sold stuffed "doorstop mice" and baby blankets Saturday.
Stepp said she didn't put out her entire stock because of rain early Saturday morning, but hoped the weekend's forecast wouldn't keep people away from the fair.
The Canton Volunteer Fire Department plans to donate proceeds from the event to local charities, Bardo said.
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