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Rain Doesn't Dampen Georgetown Day Fun

Rain caused many Georgetown Day Festival vendors to close shop earlier than expected Saturday. But despite the weather, hundreds came out to Main Street to support local businesses, craftsmen, artists and vendors.

Visitors strolling the town's main thoroughfare could munch on pizza slices, kettle corn, ice cream and other goodies while listening to local bands showcase their talents. The Chili Cookoff is always a festival favorite, as is the unique and inexpensive jewelry. It was difficult not to see someone you knew at one of the festival's many stands.

"It's a great way to socialize with the families in the Georgetown community, and it's a lot of fun for my daughter," said Pamela Cianci, who came with her 9-year-old daughter, Samantha. "It's great to see the local vendors and services."

Many of the artists travel some distance to sell at Georgetown Day. John Nelson and Sue DeVita have been bringing their tie-dyed and marbleized clothing from Bristol, R.I., for the past five years. Nelson estimates the pair has 70 scheduled vending dates every year. But Georgetown Day, they say, is special. "It's the only street fair we know that's like this," said DeVita. "It's a good neighborhood and it's casual. It has something for everyone."

Monica Weber has been making clothes for American Girl Dolls for 10 years. She comes to the festival every year to sell her work. She also makes clothes for real girls that they can match with their dolls' outfits, which she says are a hit. She began creating the clothes after a friend adopted a daughter, who got one of the dolls. Weber estimates she sells her crafts at 60 shows a year.

"We came for the chili cookoff, but we didn't make it in time," said Karen Winters, who attended the festival with her family. "I like getting to hang out with all these people that I know," said her son, Lee.

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