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Lancaster Street Fair set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday

21st RASCALS race starts at 10 a.m.

July 25, 2012
LANCASTER — The annual Lancaster Street Fair, featuring lots to do, see, eat and shop for, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, sponsored by Renaissance.

There will be music from DJ John Jaworowski at the Welcome Center, from a band playing across from the Passumpsic Bank, and from the Notch 106.3 near Simon the Tanner.

Antique cars will be parked at the Lancaster Motor Inn and some racecars will be parked on Main Street.

Check out the car smash demo down at the Fireman's Association museum, and enjoy a pony ride up at the REmax-Northern Edge Realty!

Strawberry shortcake will be sold by Relay for Life, burgers by the Lions Club, hotdogs at the Canal Street intersection, and popcorn, fried dough, snow cones on the street, or enjoy seated service inside one of the Main Street restaurants: Scorpios, Lancaster House of Pizza, and Puleo's, or possibly samples from the new Moonbeam Café that readying its grand opening.

Buy a Mustang raffle ticket from the Rotary Club at the Rialto Theatre, talk to Smokey the Bear, and visit the Weeks on Wheels (WOW) van.

The Childrens' Zone — new this year at the Passumpsic Bank parking lot — will include a bouncy house, face painting, sand art, balloon art, and fingerprinting

The 21st annual Rascals Running Club's 5K race will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday on Mechanic Street, just above the Fire Station.

Pre-registered runners can have their name printed in the race field on the back of their 2012 race shirt, but, race director Dr. Hal Goolman (hgoolman@msn.com) warns that only pre-registered runners can be guaranteed a race shirt. Registration after July 10, including Race Day itself, is $20.

"This is our second year located inside the Lancaster Information Center from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.," Goolman explained.

"This year's T-shirt sponsors are Crane & Bell, Allied Orthotic, and Simon the Tanner," Goolman said. "We're still seeking volunteers for traffic control. We need 30.

"Both the Lancaster Rotary Club and Weeks Medical Center are having people sign up," he said. "Any other people willing to assist should meet at the Lancaster Welcome Center at 9 a.m. to pick up their vests and to be assigned a location."

The kids also have their own low-key non-competitive quarter-mile race at 11 a.m. near the library and courthouse, and all of the youngsters will receive a gift certificate for a free ice cream cone at Cones' n' More when they finish the race.

The Farmers Market will be set up around the bandstand in Centennial Park.

Once again t his year, Main Street (Rtes. 2 and 3) will remain open to through traffic. The detour that closed the street in some prior years, turning Main Street into a pedestrian mal, resulted in discouraging tourists from stopping, explained Lancaster town manager Ed Samson. He said, "They had no idea the fun and variety of activities that they were missing out on."

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