What started as a sleepy event with six booths in Moeller Park is now a full-fledged party, complete with food trucks, local craft beer, handmade goods and live entertainment.

The sixth annual Merion Village Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.

"It's going to be big," said Jessica Norman, vice president of the Merion Village Association and chairwoman of the festival.

The gathering is centered in Moeller Park, where 60 vendors will offer everything from arts and crafts items to prepared foods.

Nonprofit organizations also will set up booths in the park, along with local businesses.

Bands will perform throughout the day and children's activities will be offered, Norman said.

Hanford Street will be closed between Bruck Street and South Washington Avenue to accommodate the crowd, Norman said.

Seventh Son Brewing Co. and 2 Tones Brewing Co. will each have a beer truck at the festival, which also will have food trucks from Pitabilities, Tortilla Street Food, Explorers Club and Paddy Wagon.

Allison Willford, president of the Merion Village Association, said the festival is one of the most anticipated events of the season.

"The festival is a great day full of community and coming together and supporting local vendors," Norman said.

"I'm so excited to see the growth of the festival welcome and everyone to attend."

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