"Crazy Days" to take over Ravenna

By Micah Panczyk Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Crazy Days, the midsummer counterpart of autumn's Midnight Madness, will

be held from 10 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, when Ravenna business owners

will dress the downtown sidewalks with the merchandise they hope to sell

to make way for fall inventory.

Dating from the 1960s, the lively sidewalk sale is something of a Ravenna

tradition. Typically held during the last weekend in July, the event is

a calling for bargain-hunters.

"Crazy days has brought quite a few customers to our store in past

years," said Suellyn Truax, who owns Carriage House Gallery on Main

Street. "It's a fun tradition."

"Crazy Days brings a lot people into town," said Ravenna Township

Trustee Pat Artz. "They get to see old friends. It's refreshing. Merchants

are friendly and they know your name. You don't get this shopping at the

mall."

"We're hoping to get a lot of folks out," said Carol Leffler of

the Ravenna Area Chamber of Commerce. "It's a different style of shopping

than the shopping you're involved in at the mall. There, you come across

huge stores that have thousands and thousands of items. Here, you find unique

items."

In addition to antiques, jewelry, trinkets and picture frames, the event

will feature the Lucky Key Treasure Giveaway. Merchants will have on hand

"key cards," which patrons can acquire without purchase and exchange

for one of some 2,000 keys that sit in the south window at the Ravenna Area

Chamber of Commerce.

Four of the keys will open the treasure chest that sits in the north window,

allowing the patron to choose one of the treasures within, all of which

will be donated by local merchants. Among the items already donated are

sweatshirts, tote bags, a framed picture from Carriage House and a coupon

that issues a free stay at the Rocking Horse Inn bed and breakfast on West

Riddle Street.

Although the likelihood of picking a lucky key is one in 500, Crazy Day

patrons should not despair.

"There will be rock-bottom prices for bargain-hunters," Truax

assured.

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