DANVILLE – Food, games, crafts, a marathon and a half-marathon will be among the attractions of this year’s Spring Fling in downtown Danville.
The Spring Fling, in its 28th year, is the largest annual event sponsored by the Danville Business Alliance.
“Assuming we have ideal weather, the best guess would be around 10,000 people,” said Alliance Executive Director Jim Wilson of projected attendance.
The downtown will be closed to traffic for the event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday along Mill Street from Route 11 to Front Street, Lower Mulberry and East and West Mahoning streets.
About 200 booths are expected to be set up, according to Val Shultz, a member of the alliance promotions committee.
“There will be a big variety of foods,” she said, along with hand-crafted items, jewelry, wooden pieces and nonprofit organizations manning stands.
Downtown businesses also will be hosting specials.
Wilson said the event is aimed at having fun along with offering free admission, free parking and free shuttle service from the Danville Middle School.
Wilson said some of the food offered will be prepared by restaurants in town.
Entertainment will be in Canal Park, next to the municipal building. Doug Eaton and his students will present demonstrations at 11 a.m. Zing Productions will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Woody Wolfe will entertain at 2 p.m. and Doug McMinn will provide music starting at 3 p.m.
A full marathon and a half-marathon will be start in the morning.
This is the eighth year for the River Towns Marathon and Half Marathon.
“Our total cap for both races combined is 750,” said Bob Stoudt, director of the Montour Area Recreation Commission, said of registrations.
As of Monday, there were 100 runners registered for the full marathon, of 26.2 miles, and 450 racers registered for the half marathon covering 13.1 miles.