A little early rain and temperatures below 60 degrees did not keep Hagerstown from kicking off the spring season with its annual MayMart event on Public Square on Thursday morning.
Vendors set up on the square to sell a variety of products from jewelry and accessories to flowers and food.
“I like to window shop and this gives you something different to look at,” Jennifer Boggs of Hagerstown said of MayMart. “I’m looking for fun little girly things like jewelry, lotions and spray.”
Boggs, 23, stopped at a vendor with independent consultants representing Pure Romance, which sells relationship-enhancing products marketed through a network of in-home parties.
Nicole Hardy, one of the consultants, said that they were booking parties for people at the event. She said this was their first time setting up a vendor booth for MayMart.
“I love the fact that it’s outside and in downtown Hagerstown,” she said. “It’s really nice that the town would put this on for small businesses to be able to come together and market and advertise themselves a little.”
Georgia McKinsey and Summer Manford, co-owners of local business Geosum2913, which sells jewelry, pocket books and bags, also set up at the event for the first time.
“It helps us get our name out into the community,” McKinsey said.
MayMart is held every year on the square the Thursday before Mother’s Day to kick off the spring season in Hagerstown.
“MayMart is our first start of spring event,” Hagerstown Community Affairs Director Karen Giffin said. “It helps bring an energy to downtown happenings for the events season.”
The event started more than 20 years ago as Flowermart and mainly included vendors offering different types plants and flowers.
“It started as a small flower show for downtown, and then, through different changes, we grew to have some different types of craft vendors, then we grew to have some different types of produce vendors,” Giffin said. “Now it’s a mixture of everything.”
Connie Cramer, who has been shopping at MayMart for more than 10 years, said she tries to shop from different vendors downtown, whether it be at MayMart or the City Farmer’s Market, as much as she can.
“I like to patronize those vendors,” said Cramer, 64, of Halfway. “You’re getting fresh produce, you’re helping a small business owner, and it’s quality.”
Gail Stewart, 52, of Hagerstown, said that she heard about MayMart on the radio.
“It brings people not only from the area but hopefully from other places like Frederick to see that we still have things going on downtown,” she said.
In the afternoon, local television and radio personality Lou Scally was on hand for the event, and Otterbein United Methodist Church gave away free popcorn.
The event was sponsored by Antietam Cable.