Grab gifts, games and grub at Olde York Street Fair

Rebecca Klar
York Dispatch

Food, games and handmade goods are returning to fill the streets of downtown York for the 44th Annual Olde York Street Fair. 

The event will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 12, in and around Continental Square. This year's Mother's Day event welcomes more than two dozen new vendors featuring a variety of handmade and personalized gifts, said Mary Yeaple, York City special events coordinator. 

The fair is free to attend. 

Items for sale range from aprons and candles to bamboo and bonsai plants.

"We really do have a nice variety and a nice selection of things for people to come down and purchase for mom," Yeaple said. 

Back by popular demand are the Farm Show Milkshakes, Yeaple said.

There will also be a new food vendor in the first block of North George Street, You Are the Hamster — a human-powered frozen beverage machine. Yeaple said she tried the electricity-free machine at the Go Green in the City event. 

"It really is a lot of fun," she said. 

All food vendors will partner with a nonprofit organization to donate a portion of their proceeds. 

"So when you're coming downtown having your crab cakes and funnel cake, you're actually benefiting a local cause," Yeaple said. 

Also new to the fair is a petting zoo, she said. It will be part of the Kids Fun Block, also featuring inflatables, games, face painting, spin art and more. 

In addition to downtown parking, HACC York campus will provide free parking, monitored by security. Three shuttle buses to and from the fair will run continuously throughout the day, with the first leaving campus at noon and the last leaving the fair at 6 p.m. 

The shuttle will have two stops, at the intersections of Market Street and Pershing Avenue and at Market and Pine streets. 

This story has been updated to accurately reflect there will be two dozen new vendors at this year's street fair.