Neighborhood pride will be on full display Sunday, Sept. 10, in Merion Village.

The fifth annual Merion Village Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. in Moeller Park, 261 Hanford St.

"The event has grown so much," said Jessica Norman, vice president of the Merion Village Association, which organizes the festival.

"It's become the way for us to bring people to the neighborhood and experience everything we have to offer, whether they live there or not."

What started as individual block parties was transformed into a communitywide event which is free and open to the public, Norman said.

She said a multitude of vendors will be set up, including 28 local craftsmen and women.

Per tradition, food will be an important part of the festival, Norman said.

A portion of Hanford, between Bruck and Eighth streets, will be closed to accommodate food trucks.

Paddy Wagon, Pitabilities and Aloha Streatery will be serving hot food, while Bake Me Happy will offer gluten-free treats, Norman said.

In the park, there will be fresh lemon shake-ups, kettle corn, iced chai tea from Community Grounds, local honey, snacks from Juergens German Bakery & Restaurant, two farm vendors and flavored ices, she said.

Dogs are on the invitation list this year, Norman said.

Water dishes will be placed throughout festival grounds. Rescue organizations will be on hand, with dogs available for adoption by I Have a Dream Rescue Organization.

Other vendors will be selling canine accessories and snacks.

There will also be live music throughout the day, she said.

Norman said parking will not be available at St. Leo Roman Catholic Church, adjacent to the park to the west.

However, there should be plenty of on-street parking in the neighborhood.

"The festival is a great event for Merion Village providing not only a venue for introducing yourself to your neighbors, but also an opportunity to engage with local businesses, crafters, artists and musicians as well," said Tony Roell, one of the festival's founders.

"The event has grown each year and we expect this year to be no different," Roell said.

"Given the great lineup of vendors, bands, food trucks and continuing with the great beer (and) wine booths from last year, this is sure to be the biggest festival yet," he said.

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