Peddler’s Day in Dickens Victorian Village

by Katie Jeffries on November 28, 2009 at 5:32 am

It may be cold outside, but for Cambridge residents it means Christmas is right around the corner. 

"Best time of the year to be in Cambridge, I look forward to this every year, I just can’t wait," says Brad Perkins a Cambridge peddler.

Perkins is one of many peddlers hitting the streets and sidewalks for Peddler’s Day.  He sells homemade cotton candy to people passing by.  Anyone can be a peddler and all are encouraged to dress in Victorian garb to add to the spirit of the event.

"Oh they love it!  Especially when we dress up in our costumes and everything, they really get a feel for it," says Alicia Dunlap, also a Cambridge peddler.

Dunlap says she expects around 3,000 people to attend Peddler’s Day.  The event is great for the community and the proceeds benefit a cause essential to the holidays in Cambridge.

Many of the peddlers donate some or all of their proceeds to the Dickens Victorian Village Project which pays for the upkeep of the more than 75 mannequins around the city.

It is not just Cambridge residents that enjoy the Dickens Victorian Village.

"It is a blast, we get people from all over the cities, Cleveland, Cincinnati, mostly Ohio, but there are a lot of out-of-towners," says Dunlap.

If you missed Peddler Day, don’t worry.  It will be going on again for the next three weekends from 10 AM til 5PM in downtown Cambridge.  Dunlap encourages everyone to come down and enjoy an old fashioned holiday and if you want, you can even dress the part.


Katie Jeffries