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Vendors to be added to non-First Friday events

In a move to help attract more people to downtown Phoenixville on Friday nights during the summer, the CDC has announced the plan to add vendors to the mix. Last year the festivities were mostly limited to bands and other artists but this year non-food vendors will also line Bridge St.

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Corporation (CDC), the streets are open for non-food vendors this summer.
"I thought we would open it up a little this year," said Cassidy. "The first year we did only artists. The second year we did music along with some arts and crafts, but this year we'll open it up to non-food vendors.
"Last year, we had a couple of memorabilia vendors, and later someone sold some jewelry, so we did not stick with arts and crafts. I guess this year we are just not making that distinction."
Cassidy said that he's received a lot of requests for massage therapists and medical practitioners wanting to distribute literature concerning good health practices.
"Up to now, there hasn't been a category that would allow this kind of activity," he said. "Now the only rules for being able to display is my good judgment, which is probably kind of scary in its own right. We will not allow anything with drug references nor any kinds of profanity."
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In addition to the vendors, attendees will be able to voice their opinions on any and everything via a new 'soapbox' which will be located at the corner of Bridge and Main streets.

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"The fact that this is available is good," he said. "This is an opportunity for people to get things off their chests. I'll judge the appropriateness. It'll be an open forum. They can stand up there and say things about me if they like. This is an election year, so we'll have some of them stop by to say something."
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Details on the bands that will be performing and other scheduled events have yet to be released.

Source: The Phoenix - 5/29/07

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