Merchants will roll out their newest merchandise. Artists will display their ingenuity in artwork. The appetizing aroma of street food will permeate the air. And music, blaring from big, boxy speakers, will blend it all in a festive rhythm.
If this sounds like the description of a fair, then, that’s what it is.
On the first weekend of the month, on September 5 and 6, the sidewalks on Moger Avenue, between Main and Green streets, in Mount Kisco, will be buzzing with the Annual Sales Days Event.
As the title suggests, the yearly affair gives local businesses an occasion to showcase and sell and their products and for shoppers to indulge their consumerist passion.
To give a boost to the spirit of buying and selling, event organizer, Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce, has injected an ample doze of food and entertainment into the sales fest.
“What’s new this year is that the local restaurants in town are putting up a food court,” said Bill Harden, president of the Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce.
A pop-up tent area will be featured in the shoppers’ parking lot, where “Restaurant Row” will be located among many other tents.
For non-foodies, there are other kinds of action to look forward to: Tae Kwon Do, antique cars demonstrations, face-painting games, live music and dance.
Annual Sales Days Event began 39 years, in 1969, with the aim of introducing new businesses to the community as well as of galvanizing the sales of the existing ones.
But it’s no longer confined strictly to downtown commercial establishments alone. Over the years, the event has developed into a community event that draws participation from various non-profits in the village as well, said Mount Kisco Mayor Michael Cindrich.
“Last year, we had the fire department and the local rotary club put up booths,” he added.
As the event has grown, so has its audience. Last year, the sale pulled in a crowd of 3,000, said Harden.
“The event brings people from the Greater Mount Kisco area like Pound Ridge, Lewisboro and other parts of Westchester,” said Cindrich.
The trade show is significant for reasons more than one: it heralds the beginning of the financial year, the start of a school season, the end of the summer lull and the unofficial kick-off to fall.