On Saturday, July 11, Franklin Street in beautiful downtown Winchester will be the host of a special Pop-up Craft and Vendor event dubbed ‘Christmas in July’.  The event will serve a purpose that is two-fold – to bring people downtown to shop at the event and to bring business to the farmers market and other downtown merchants. 

Leesa Friend-Teale, owner of Teale’s Trinkets and Treasures located in downtown Winchester,  is spearheading the event. “The special pop-up event was created primarily due to the lack of outdoor festival and events where crafters, vendors and independent consultants usually set up shop. With so many shows being cancelled since the pandemic COVID-19 hit, there has been a complete halt to all craft, vendor shows and outlets, thus resulting in no sales, a lack of sales or an overabundance of inventory for those particular vendors,” stated Teale.  

“Currently there are over 25 vendors who have verbally committed and are planning to attend the first ever ‘Christmas in July’ event. The number is growing daily so there could be a potential for many more,” Teale offered.  A portion of Franklin Street will be blocked off from Meridian street to S. West Street. This will allow for vendors to have plenty of space to spread out and practice social distancing and display as many goods as possible. There will be no charge to set up a booth as the idea of the event is for the vendors to make as much as possible given the past and current circumstances. 

But the event is not all that is going on downtown. Just around the corner Winchester Main Street opens up the west side of the Randolph County Courthouse square for their Saturday Farmers Market.  From 9 am to 1 pm, vendors with handmade, homebaked and all-around great variety of items will open up shop to sell their items. The local market draws a crowd of regulars, so between the two events there hopefully will be a nice crowd to attend both.

As of this past Monday, word came from the North Pole that Santa Claus himself was working his way back to the North Pole after being on his summer vacation. After pulling a few strings, Santa has made time in his schedule to stop by The News-Gazette office from 12-2pm. Children are invited to stop by and speak to Santa and give a progress report on their behavior and relay any special requests that Santa needs to get started on for their Christmas presents.

Hoosier Que Daddy Too will also be downtown on the square with his famous barbecued goodies. From pulled pork sandwiches to brisket meals, no one will walk away disappointed or hungry. 

The Towne Square Cinema is going to be open with their fresh popcorn, drawings and raffles. They will also be selling tickets to their prom event they will be hosting. 

Other merchants will be open for regular hours around the square as well. Attendees are encouraged to take some time and stroll around and don’t miss out on any good deals. 

Some items that are slated to appear at the Pop-Up Event are wood crafts, color street nail products, Thirty One items, handmade primitive crafts, essential oils, jewelry and more. You can even stop up and speak to various individuals as the YMCA will be here to speak about their facilities. Both the Republican and Democrat parties will be attending as well. 

Over the last four weeks, the vendors at the Farmers Market have been impacted by the weather. This Saturday the weather calls for sun and nice temperature hopefully allowing the 15-20 vendors that set up shop there to be able to sell their sometimes perishable items, such as homemade breads, baked goods, produce and more.  

The market also offers other items such as socks, fingerless gloves, coin purses all made on an antique circular knitting machine. There will also be goats milk lotions and soaps, handcrafted wood items, hand sewn items as well as herbs and plants.