York City transformed into a small-town fairground on Sunday.

For the 39th year, the Olde York Street Fair took over downtown streets and featured music, food, vendors, kids' activities and family fun on Mother's Day.

Margie Lavin of East Hopewell Township started coming to the fair in 1995, when her daughter, Christen, was 9 years old. The two came back each year until recent years, when Christen had to work on Sundays.

Still, Lavin hasn't missed a fair in almost 20 years — and the people are what brings her back, she said.

"The vendors really make it, but I like being around the crowds," she said.

With warm, sunny weather at their backs this year, the two were back together again at the fair. Lavin said she cherishes the event because, as a single mom, it gave her and Christen something of their own as they started a new tradition together.

"It gives smaller families a chance to do something," she said.

'Fabulous day': And the fair featured something for everyone, with six bands ranging from bluegrass to pop to reggae playing on three stages throughout the event. Also new this year were expanded kids' activities and a Red Cross blood drive that got a "good number" of walk-ins throughout the day, said Mary Yeaple, one of the event's coordinators.

"We've had a fabulous day," she said.


The fair has seen some chilly days in the past but had beautiful weather this year, Yeaple said. That might have been why this year's fair brought one of the largest mom-filled crowds in history, with an estimated 60,000 people attending, she said.

"It's wonderful to keep that tradition going," Yeaple said.

And this year, each food vendor was affiliated with a local nonprofit organization and donated 50 percent of the proceeds to that organization, she said.

"You're helping a good cause," Yeaple said.

Vendors: There were 80 craft vendors and 35 nonprofits set up at the fair, and between 15 and 20 vendors were new this year, Yeaple said.

One of the new vendors was Nancy Bradley, who showed her industrial-inspired "steampunk found-object" jewelry. She makes each piece herself and has represented her Lancaster-based company, Nancy Bradley Designs, at many local shows for the past three years, she said. This was her first time branching into York, she said.

"This has been wonderful," Bradley said.

She was received warmly by customers, who included a lot of mother-daughter combinations and first-time moms, she said.

One of the most enjoyable parts about showing at the fair was talking to them, Bradley said.

"People here today have just been fantastic," she said. "It's been a lot of fun."

— Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.