Goldston’s ‘Old Fashion Day’ set for Saturday


GOLDSTON — Goldston’s 35th annual Old Fashion Day is set for Saturday, Oct. 8.

The free, family-focused event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with handicapped parking available at Goldston Automotive, directly across from the festival location on Main Street.

With over 100 vendors participating, Old Fashion Day offers a mix of art, antiques, crafts, food, jewelry and fashion accessories, mums, candles, wreaths, pottery, home décor and clothing for your shopping pleasure. There will also be many county agencies providing information on services available to families in and around Chatham County.

While strolling the street, delight in a variety of specialty foods, including BBQ ribs, brisket, fish sandwiches, barbecue, chicken tenders, hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, sausage dogs, funnel cakes, pintos/cornbread, fried apple pies and Lions Club Ice Cream.

Inflate-A-Party Inflatables from Apex will provide activities in the kids Fun Zone from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $5 per child unlimited play wristbands will be available. Ubi the Clown will be displaying his talent, making balloon animals, hats, swords and flowers for the kids.

A returning attraction will test the climbing skills of big folks and children as “The Climbing Place” will furnish a challenging rock wall and mini wall for youngsters. Pint-Sized Pasture (a petting zoo) from Broadway will join the festival, along with free pumpkin painting.

A portion of Main Street will be closed to traffic again this year and will be pedestrian-only. This area will host the food court with a variety of food and seating. Across Main Street, there will be a wide assortment of equipment including tractors, hit and miss engines, corn shellers and hand water pumps from C-Cape (Central Carolina Antique Power Equipment) from Sanford. Also, a chuckwagon will be on exhibit to educate young and old about Western cooking history. A blacksmith will be on site with his forge doing demonstrations during the day.

New to the festival this year, Goldston Recreation will be hosting a corn-hole tournament. The event is in the back parking lot of the old BB&T bank building. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and play begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $40 per team. Boards/bags will be provided (you may bring your own). First place wins a new set of corn hole boards; all proceeds go directly to the town’s recreation department.

The festival is located at Exit 159 on U.S. Hwy. 421 between Sanford and Siler City and is sponsored by multiple merchants in Goldston and the surrounding area. This event is coordinated by the Goldston Lions Club, and all proceeds go back to community projects and provide aid to the blind and visually impaired. The Lions will be collecting eyeglasses, hearing aids and “new/gently used” coats during this event. You can drop these off at the Lions Club ice cream tent or other times at Lizzie’s Grill-N-Chill in Goldston.

Vendor registration is currently closed, but you can submit your name/e-mail for our 2023 event.

Contact Lisa Denkins at or call 919-721-1403.


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