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This Sunday, June 10, the village of Georgetown will celebrate the 16th Annual Georgetown Day celebration, a free, family-friendly, street fair that features live music, merchant vendors, food, beer, games and much more! Since 2003, Georgetown Day has been an ever-growing and much anticipated local holiday for the tight-knit community of Georgetown.

The event started 16 years ago when a small band of local business owners, residents and firemen celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department, and threw an old-fashioned block party. Today, the event known as “Georgetown Day” has grown to become one of the area’s most unique and diverse events where locals from around the county gather for a day of family merriment.

The event is coordinated and hosted by Georgetown Village Restoration, Inc., the Georgetown Lions Club, the Georgetown Community Association and the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to the host entities, the event is sponsored by almost 50 local businesses and individuals.

The event runs from 12-6 p.m., and there is no admission fee for the event and no charge for parking. Handicap parking is available and a shuttle bus runs from some of the farther parking venues.

The event has a plethora of music playing on three stages and comprising a diverse selection of musical styles and genres–everything from local youth bands to professional groups with recording contracts.

The annual chili cook-off has been a staple of the event. Originally conceived and produced by Norm Tannen and the Mark Twain Library, the chili tent has been a cornerstone of the event and draws a big crowd every year.

The Georgetown Lions Club hosts the beer tent and this year will be selling beer from two locations.

There will be over 60 vendors displaying their wares with everything from clothes to jewelry to items for kids and pets. Many of the vendors are local small businesses that are hoping to broaden their exposure within the community.

Of course there is food. All of the restaurants on Main Street will be open and additional vendors will complement the wide variety of food offerings. Barbecue, pizza, lobster rolls, Mexican, Cajun, sausage and peppers, burgers and dogs, steaks, donuts–you name it and you can probably find it.

Georgetown Day is tailored towards children. The street is closed and a safe contained area is maintained for children of all ages. There is a designated supervised children’s area with a variety of games and activities to entertain all interest groups. Organizers say parents can safely leave their children while they participate in the other events that comprise a great day for the whole community.

Georgetown Day is held every year in June on the Sunday before Father’s Day. It is a rain or shine event.