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
"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
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
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