Preparations are underway for another Pennington Day, Pennington’s annual community street fair, which is set to be held on South Main Street on Saturday, May 19.

Pennington Day is meant to celebrate the Hopewell Valley area’s best family fun, food vendors, arts and crafts, music, dance, nonprofit organizations and more. Organizers say that more than 5,000 people and 225 booth vendors took part in last year’s festivities, and they hope this year to have even more.

“Kids from 8 months to 80 years enjoy Pennington Day every year,” says board chair Rachel Donington. “It’s a community-driven event that reminds us how special it is to be a part of Hopewell Valley.”

Organizers say funds raised by Pennington Day booth vendors contributes to grants that are awarded to many local civic causes, surpassing $15,000 in 2017. Major attractions include the long-standing traditions of the annual quilt show, Coffeehouse Stage and dance performances.

Hopewell Valley Quilters are planning their annual Pennington Day show to be held in the Toll Gate Grammar School cafeteria. Quilts on display will reflect a variety of styles, from traditional patterns to contemporary works of fiber art.

Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite quilt in the show. The Viewers’ Choice Prize has been donated by Pennington Quilt Works. Admission to the show is $1.

Hopewell Valley Quilters is an informal group that has been meeting for over 30 years. The group meets in the Hopewell Township branch of Mercer County Library. More information about the group will be available at the show.

The rain-or-shine event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. More information is online at penningtonday.org.

42nd annual Pennington 5K to be held on May 19

The Pennington 5K Race is a community event which brings runners from all different areas together for a great cause. Each year the Pennington 5K race benefits the Hopewell Valley YMCA and the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance through the dedication and support of the runners and the sponsors.

Runners can register as an individual or as a team. The event is conducted through the scenic streets of historic Pennington Borough. The course is USATF certified and sanctioned. Race shirts and and souvenir gifts will be available to participants while supplies last.

The Pennington 5K is not associated with Pennington Day, but takes place on the same day, Saturday, May 19. Registration opens 8 a.m. and the kids’ run starts at 8:30. The 5K walk/run starts at 9:15 a.m. For more information or to register, go to hvymca.org.