Vendors, performers to take over Main Street for Moorestown Day 2017

Moorestown Day will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thousands will crowd onto Main Street this Saturday to enjoy food, performances and vendors in celebration of Moorestown Day. The 41st annual event will provide entertainment for all ages while celebrating local businesses, residents and visitors.

“It’s the Moorestown Business Association’s biggest event of the year,” MBA President Steven Pazienza said. “There’s something for everyone.”

Moorestown Day is held annually on the first Saturday of June, which falls on June 3 this year, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, rain or shine. The event takes place on Main Street between Church Street and Chester Avenue.

More than 250 vendors will attend Moorestown Day, including nonprofits and organizations. Pazienza says the MBA is trying to help local groups thrive, even inviting new clubs such as the Moorestown High School sailing team.

“It might not be pure business, but it’s for the good of the community,” Pazienza said. “We’re helping a lot of great causes while also promoting businesses.”

Returning to Moorestown Day this year is the Kids’ Zone, which boasts inflatables, a petting zoo, face painters, a stilt-walker and an obstacle course.

“There are a lot of kid-themed businesses that we have as well,” Moorestown Day chairperson Andrew Mackerer said. “For adults, they can come learn about different businesses and nonprofits.”

Kids can also have fun creating sidewalk chalk art, sporting henna tattoos and eating funnel cake and ice cream. Adults can enjoy lots of food including fresh paella and free Wawa coffee while watching entertaining performances from the nonprofit groups in attendance and, of course, the ever-popular pie eating contest held by Pie Lady Cafe.

“It really is a day to highlight the offerings of Moorestown’s business community,” Mackerer said. “It’s a good day to get out of the house and have some fun.”

Moorestown Day typically draws anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 people from Moorestown and surrounding communities.

Residents can also enjoy the Moorestown Public School District Art Show, sponsored by MoorArts and the Moorestown Parks and Recreation Department. Moorestown Create’s second annual upcycle challenge will also take place on Moorestown Day.

“This year, high school art students were asked to create artwork out of plastic bags,” MoorArts communication trustee Candace Coleman said on the upcycle challenge. “Last year’s challenge with plastic bottle caps produced some outstanding pieces, many of which are still on display at the Moorestown Public Library.”

Upcycle challenge entries will be judged and winners will be announced on June 3.

Works from arts classrooms throughout the district will be on display at the Church Street Recreation Center, with the center’s third floor transformed into an exhibit space. Upcycle challenge pieces will also be on display.

“Works include a variety of mediums on paper as well as 3-D work in ceramics, and also photography,” Coleman said. “The annual exhibition demonstrates the exceptional output of Moorestown’s art students.”

Art will also be on display at various businesses around town including Health Haven, Keller Williams Realty, LaDiDa, Remember Me and Signature Design on Main Street, Moorestown Hardware on Mill Street and the Moorestown Public Library.

Keeping in tradition with previous years, the annual Scott Coffee Moorestown Rotary 8K Race, named after the race founder who passed away in 2006, will also be held on Saturday, June 3 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Moorestown Community House. Pazienza says the run doesn’t conflict with Moorestown Day, it just adds to the energy.

“You just have a tremendous amount of overall community involvement and support,” Pazienza said.

For more information on Moorestown Day, visit www.moorestownbusiness.com. For more information on the Scott Coffee race, visit runsignup.com and search “Scott Coffee.”