Hartford gears up for Maxwell Street Day

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT - Daily News

July 3, 2015

HARTFORD - Downtown Hartford will uphold a decades-long tradition when it hosts Maxwell Street Day on Wednesday.

The Downtown Hartford Business Improvement District continues to organize the event to draw customers to the downtown. The organization’s Executive Director Karin Buhle said the event has been held in the city’s downtown for more than 65 years.

“It’s a way for merchants to offer bargains and special sales and for visitors to have fun as well,” Buhle said.

The event runs from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and part of downtown’s Main Street will be blocked off. RedFish Remix will provide music noon-3 p.m. That will be followed from 5-8 p.m. by music from Scotch and Soda.

“There’s going to be all kinds of summer food including burgers, brats, hot dogs, corn on the cob and kettle corn,” Buhle said.

Scoop deVille will also be hosting an ice cream eating contest starting at 6 p.m.

Charlene Jung, Design Originals Floral on Main Street owner, said her business has taken part in the Maxwell Street event for the 26 years she’s owned the business.

“It’s just a great family oriented event,” Jung said. “I’ve seen families wheeling around baby strollers and kids in their coaster wagons. They can come and enjoy the food and music and go shopping for some good deals as well.”

Jung said for the 26 years she’s been part of the event they have had very good weather.

“Of all those years I can remember only one year when we had rain, and it was just a few sprinkles,” Jung said. “It’s been both hot and cold, but if the rain holds off it still is a great time.”

Jung said she, like many other downtown merchants, will have special deals and bargains inside and outside the store.

“There will some things as much as 90 percent off outside and inside we’ll be starting our summer clearance hat ends at the end of this month,” Jung said. “It’s going to be fun.”

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