Decades ago Crazy Days was a time when downtown store clerks tried to outdo one another with the wildest costume. The costumes may be gone but event organizers say there’s still plenty of fun for all ages, with some “crazy” deals to be found.
Now that summer is officially under way it means Crazy Days in Jamestown is right around the corner.
Crazy Days, a free event that has been downtown for decades, will be all day on July 23 on First Avenue South.
Crazy Days is happening in downtown Jamestown today and we encourage residents and visitors to take in the activities. At the same time, we have to wonder if its day is past — at least based on the same premise.
Crazy Days started in Jamestown decades ago when the downtown was the hub of shopping. Merchants set up tables for a major sales event and residents hunted for bargains. Downtown restaurants and cafes did a landslide business during Crazy Days.
Crazy Days promises a variety of activities Friday in downtown Jamestown for local residents and visitors.
Main Street/Downtown Association Am-bassador Charlie Kourajian said First Avenue will be closed from First to Third Streets. Starting at 8 a.m. activities on the closed-off street will include entertainment, food, demonstrations, games and the ping pong ball drop.
Despite the downturn in our economy, we know people will buy when the price is right. And buy they will when the city opens its arms for the fun and low-cost sales promotion “Crazy Days” in a couple of weeks.
Every year about this time, the Main Street Downtown Association scurries around trying to find crafters, merchants, food vendors and entertainment for its annual Crazy Daze, said Charlie Kourajian, Mainstreet ambassador for the association. Due to the lack of downtown merchants, this year is even more critical to the continuance of this annual event, he said.
Crazy Daze will be held in downtown Jamestown on July 17 and at the Buffalo Mall on July 17 and 18.
May 23, 2009
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