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
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
“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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