Thousands Enjoy Children and Youth Day in State College

By Mallory Lane

Published 07/09 2014 04:13PM

Updated 07/09 2014 05:20PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - The 48th annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is here and Wednesday, they're kicking things off with Children and Youth Day in State College.

Thousands of people made their way to State College Wednesday to take part in the Children and Youth sidewalk sale.

"We had a line up right before 10:00 A.M., just waiting to buy them at 10:00," vendor Christine Coder, of State College, said.

Coder barely had time to speak with us Wednesday. Her booth on South Allen Street was booming with business.

"We've basically been making them for our families and everything else and people started wanting to buy them," she said. "Let's try it out and see if there's a market for it."

They're selling crocheted stuffed animals and kids are going crazy for them. This is Coder's fifth year selling them, her second at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

It's a job she said pays the bills.

"Maybe about $8,200 in one day, depending on what I sell," vendor Emily Cutter, of State College said.

Speaking of paying bills, Cutter is doing pretty well for herself Wednesday.

"With the amount I make back, I'm making more profit after calculating all that I paid for," she said.

Cutter is making hair bows and other accessories at her booth. They're selling like hot cakes.

"They're really trendy right now," she said.

Cutter said the festival is a chance for her to learn a little more about business and has even inspired her to pursue a career in entrepreneurship.

"Right now, I have my own little website that I sell the bows on," she said. "I have little business cards here that promote it a little bit, so hopefully it gets out there. I've been running it for a month or two, so it's nothing big right now."

Isabella Messina, of State College, is making bank, too.

"My dad ripped out our old deck and we had a bunch of boards and I though we could paint them and sell them," Messina said. "I usually make $400, something like that."

Her hand-painted boards are popular with the crowd and she's learning to stay savvy with her profit.

"I save it and spend some if it," Messina said.

Children and Youth Day wrapped up around 3:00 P.M. Wednesday afternoon.

This year's Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will officially get underway Thursday morning at 10 A.M. and run through 8 P.M.

The festival will wrap up Sunday at 5 P.M.

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