by Lisa Tome
Don't expect the same old Sunfest for 2016.
Changes are in store for the event, which is set for Saturday, June 4.
As is typical, Main Street will be closed for up to an hour for the annual parade which steps off from Rising Sun Towne Center beginning at 9 a.m. After the conclusion of the parade, Main Street will open again and remain open the rest of the day.
Police Chief Chip Peterson explained. "We're no longer shutting down Main Street, except for the parade. That's because the parking lot at Howard Bank is now being used for vendors," said Peterson. "But there will be increased pedestrian traffic. Drivers need to use caution."
Town officials confirmed last week that Sunfest has expanded. "It's shaping up to be one of the biggest Sunfests ever," said Commissioner Dave Warnick.
There will be all kinds of booths where you can receive free giveaways, get information, buy food and gifts, and more.
Jimmy Gibney, spokesman for the Rising Sun Historical Preservation Commission, has a challenge for all those attending Sunfest. The commission's booth tenders will have a 20 questions historical challenge quiz. All 20 questions will be regarding events which happened in the area within the past year. There will also be a tiebreaker question.
The four winners of the history contest will have the chance to win gift certificates to Four Seas, Riviera Maya, Lee's Wok, and Buck's.
There is a great variety of entertainment scheduled to appear at Sunfest. That includes dance groups from Sundance and Oxford Dance, Rising Sun Martial Arts, tribute artists for Elvis and Patsy Kline, a puppet show by Jack Foreaker, a drama show from Street Lamp Productions, singer Pilisa Mackey, and the band One Eyed Jacks. New this year are a town versus Chamber tug of war, and a baseball game at Rising Sun Middle School.