Downtown fun in the sun
Bring the entire family for a weekend of summertime fun in Ephrata. The weekend will kick off with a Night at the Movies July 18 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Ephrata Whistle Stop Plaza, 16 East Main St. The free festivities for the evening will include face painting, games and story time with the Cat in the Hat and a few of his friends.
Dress up as Rocky, Iron Man, Princess Anna or any of your favorite movie characters and take your photo at the free photobooth provided by Katy TreFry Photography, Brush up on your music to win prizes with DJ Jeff Adams and Name that Tune Movie version.
The grand finale of the evening will be a parade up to Ephrata Main Theatre for a free showing of “Meet the Robinsons” at 7 p.m. Ephrata Main will be sponsoring the free movie and, of course, the popcorn. Food vendors will be on hand and downtown stores will be having sidewalk sales.
Head home and rest up for July 19 and the Ephrata Whistle Stop Open Air Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Start the morning right at the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company’s Buffet Breakfast from 7.-11 a.m. where $7 includes pancakes, eggs, breakfast meats, beverages and Mr. Hildebrandt’s amazing potatoes.
All of your favorite vendors will be on hand as well as several new stand holders. In celebration of Red, White & Blue, the Red Rose Veteran Honor Guard volunteer members in full military uniforms will present the traditional ceremony of the Color Guard and Flag Raising, along with the folding of the U.S. flag and the sounding of Taps at 10 a.m.
Local author and award-winning reporter and columnist for Lancaster Newspapers, Larry Alexander, will be holding a book signing. He is the author of three books, best noted for the national bestseller “Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers.” Books will be available to purchase or bring your own for an autograph.
The market will also have a variety of organizations honoring our veterans including the Big Bright Red Fire Engine from the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company, Kids go wild!
In keeping with the Patriotic spirit, stop by Joyful Canvas for your free stars and stripes face painting and Mr. Nobody Special from Art of Recycle with Patriotic Balloon Creations. Stop by the Ephrata Merchants Hospitality Table to find out about upcoming happenings in Ephrata, as well as the Ephrata Visitors Center.
Thank you to our sponsors: Ephrata Merchants, Borough of Ephrata, Blue Ridge Communications, Beams Music, Salon Art-Tiff, Expressions Limousine, Douple Agency & Ephrata National Bank.
This is an Ephrata Merchants Association event.
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