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HomeMade Days a tradition for many

C.D. SMITH/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Members of the community peruse the offerings at HomeMade Days in Williamsport’s Brandon Park over the weekend. A number of local craftspeople and food trucks joined the annual event, sponsored by the city’s Recreation Department.

Another successful HomeMade Days event was held this past Friday and Saturday at historic Brandon Park in Williamsport. Dozens of crafters and food vendors were set up under the shade of the park trees near the band shell, welcoming patrons who came out in spirit of tradition and community.

Crafter vendors this year included everything from country crafts and signs to dog treats to local wildlife photography. Food vendors included Taco Bill’s, UpTop Cuisine, Faddies Ice Cream and more.

Mariah Wagner, of Wagner’s Wasted Whoopies, is a returning vendor this year. Wagner had learned from the community that the event was well-loved and decided to give HomeMade Days a try last year.

“We actually came last year and had great success with it,” Wagner said.

Nancy Fioretti of Knot Forgotten was born and raised in Williamsport and has been coming to the event for her entire life. Last year was her first year as a vendor. Fioretti took up Macramé as a hobby during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep herself occupied.

“I kind of got addicted to it, and I thought I had enough for a show, so actually HomeMade Days last year was my first show,” Fioretti said.

Fioretti added that she’s back this year because Williamsport is her hometown.

Karen Patterson and Ken Ball love coming out to events like HomeMade Days. Patterson enjoys country crafts with sayings on them such as “Simply Blessed” and “Welcome Friends.” Ball has tried to get out to the event almost every year for the last two decades. He enjoys the view of everything and also the variety of food.

Sharon Shutt of Signs and Such has been a repeat vendor for many years.

“I’ve been doing HomeMade Days for 26 years, except for the year they didn’t have it,” said Shutt.

Local metal artist Mardis, of Mardis Art, joined his mother this year, who is also a vendor. Mardis is from Mill Hall and was inspired to buy a welder and get into metalcraft because he has a friend in the trade.

Williamsport locals Courtney Bresnak and Zach Maggs love coming to events like farmers markets and craft shows.

“We saw the event was happening on Facebook and just came to browse and check things out,” Bresnak said.

“We want to support the growth and development of this area,” said Maggs.

Maggs added that he prefers to shop local and help people out instead of big corporations.

Ella Adkins and her mom, Kristen Adkins, came out to see some of Ella’s co-workers from Bruster’s Ice Cream, a food vendor at the event.

“We live close by, and it’s a nice thing for the community to have,” Kristen Adkins said.

HomeMade Days was sponsored by the city of Williamsport’s Recreation Department.

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