Downtown Worthington streets will be blocked off to encircle colorful displays of arts and crafts, community groups, food vendors and family activities, as an estimated 20,000 people gather Saturday, Sept. 21, for the Old Worthington Market Day.
From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 200 exhibitor booths will line High Street (U.S. Route 23), from state Route 161 south to South Street, and the Village Green.
The festival, which is organized annually by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, is complemented by special activities conducted by community partners, including the Friends of Worthington Libraries book sale, children's activities and student skits from Partners for Community and Character on the southwest green and the Worthington Historical Society flea market on the southeast green.
Hand-crafted goods at this year's event range from decorative apparel, jewelry, garden art, pottery and ceramics to paintings, children's clothing, pet-related crafts and unusual wood crafts. Several downtown merchants also display sale tables with their wares.
A diverse sampling of foods, ranging from fresh oysters and lobster rolls, fresh pasta, calzone and lettuce wraps to brats and baked goods sold by community groups, will be available. Farm-product vendors offering plants, vegetables and jarred goods also are among the exhibitors, along with local restaurants, food trucks and concessions.
Giveaways, product demonstrations and information will be available at many of the booths and sponsor exhibits.
The presenting sponsor for Market Day is AAA Ohio Auto Club, which will provide a place to relax at the AAA Hospitality Center on West New England Avenue, near its intersection with High Street.
At the hospitality center, visitors can rest their feet, enjoy a snack or beverage, arrange to meet family members, enjoy greenery and plants provided by Oakland Nursery Interiorscapes and take advantage of a special AAA membership promotion for Market Day supporters.
In addition to AAA, sponsors include Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bath Fitter, Mount Carmel St. Ann's, PNC Worthington branch, Primrose School of Worthington, State Farm, T-Mobile, ThisWeek Community News and WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone.
Nearby, at event headquarters at the corner of West New England Avenue and High Street, the chamber will distribute event directories and regional business directories, area maps, visitor information, bottled water and soft drinks, and water and treats for pets.
Event parking will be available at Thomas Worthington High School, 300 W. Dublin-Granville Road, west of Evening Street. A free shuttle service will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shuttles will travel back-and-forth routes from the high school to parking lots at the Worthington Inn and the Griswold Senior Center. The shuttles are provided by Cambria Suites Columbus/Polaris, the city of Worthington (Griswold center), Four Points by Sheraton, the Laurels of Norworth and the Laurels of Worthington, Quality Inn & Suites North/Polaris, Residence Inn by Marriott, Wesley Glen and Willow Brook Christian Home.
Limited parking also will be available at the United Methodist Church via Hartford Street and at the Worthington municipal parking lot west of High Street, behind the Worthington Inn. The municipal parking lot on East New England Avenue is reserved for handicap parking only during the event.
For more information about the event, see the enclosed Market Day section, call the chamber office at 614-888-3040 or visit the Market Day page on the calendar of events at worthingtonchamber.org.
For information about detours and traffic patterns on Market Day, go online to worthington.org.