RISING SUN — It’s time again for that annual party in the center of town known as SunFest.

The Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce has been hosting SunFest on the first Saturday in June for more than 25 years. Norman Hunter, chamber president, said it started as a way to increase foot traffic to the downtown businesses.

“It’s a good town showcase,” he said.

With some 100 vendors lined up, North Queen Street, a section of Pearl Street and the town parking lot will be packed Saturday, according to Dave Warnick, a member of the Rising Sun Board of Town Commissioners and chairman of the vendors committee for SunFest.

“There are some spaces left,” he hinted, although all the food vendor allotments are full. “There’s a little mix of everything.”

One change made this year is a move toward continuous entertainment.

“We are going to have some music on the porch of town hall,” Warnick said.

That means the music will go on at one venue while the other is being set anew.

“We will switch to them and back to the stage,” Warnick explained.

Fan favorites including the pie eating contest, Tug-O-War pitting town officials against the chamber, and closing music by One Eyed Jacks are on the agenda.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with the SunFest parade. Opening ceremonies at 9:45 a.m. will lead to the start of the street festival to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While SunFest is concentrated in the center square, businesses elsewhere, including along East Main Street and the Rising Sun American Legion, are also in on the fun. Parking in the town center, at Rising Sun Middle School and at the legion are connected to the free shuttle service available.

Warnick said the parade won’t disappoint with units from Rising Sun High School, The Upper Chesapeake Community Band, The Community Fire Company of Rising Sun and more.

“The Rising Sun Police Department will be debuting some new equipment in the parade,” Warnick said.

SunFest is also popular because of all the freebies and free activities, he noted. This will include storefronts in the center square. Lori Devine, the new owner of Hair N Things at 100 S. Queen St. and Jeremy Vanderhoef, owner of Rise ‘N Grind Cafe at 8 E. Main St. have specials in conjunction with their new businesses.

“The chamber’s mission and goal is to promote business,” Warnick said. “This is a great example of how that’s being carried out.”

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