It may be cold outside, but members of Rising Sun's Sunfest committee are already thinking June.
And those vendors who are also thinking ahead will be rewarded for it by getting slots they've had in the past.
Sunfest chair Vincent Sammons explained that any vendors who were at Sunfest last year have until January 1 to apply to be at Sunfest again. Those who do so, will retain their space from last year. He said that people from as far away as West Virginia want to sell their wares in Rising Sun. "We are changing it up with the early applications. We want to get things organized earlier. We want to have all our ducks in a row before it starts," said Sammons.
He said early inquiries about vendor spots came flooding in. He said that 15 vendors wanted to sell Lularoe at Sunfest. "Last year we had two Lularoes and they worked as a team to compliment one another," said Sammons.
Sammons, who is returning for a fifth year as chair of the event, said changing things up is key. "We continue to evolve it by changing it. We keep changing it to alleviate boredom," said Sammons.
One change people can expect to see in 2017 is an expanded area for children. Now, much of the Howard Bank parking lot will be devoted to activities geared for children.
Sammons said he is looking forward to Sunfest. Once the vendor reservations are complete, likely in February, the focus will shift to planning activities and entertainment.
"I am looking forward to Sunfest. I enjoy seeing the businesses there. I walk around and see the vendors prospering and people enjoying themselves," said Sammons. For more information about Sunfest or to reserve your space for June 3, 2017, go to the website Sunfest.us.