SHIPPENSBURG, PA (February 10, 2016) - The Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce invites local and regional businesses to participate in the second annual BLOOM FESTIVAL, Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Festival takes place in downtown Shippensburg in the Borough Parking lot area, across from the Borough office building. Patron parking is available in designated areas of downtown Shippensburg, PA. This event is free and open to the public; certain vendors may charge a nominal fee for activities. Event will be held rain or shine. Please note, the children's area will close at 2 p.m.

The streets of Shippensburg will come alive with color, scents, music, and activities that signify the arrival of one of the most breath-taking seasons of the year... springtime! The centerpiece for this annual celebration of the beauty and splendor of spring will be the many shapes, colors and fragrances of one of nature's most alluring harbingers of springtime. Flowers will bloom in all of their magnificent springtime glory in this family-friendly celebration which will stimulate all of your senses.

Scott Brown, Executive Director of the Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce painted a picture of this year's event, "We have planned an extraordinary celebration that will appeal to all members of the family. We've elevated something as exquisitely beautiful as a flower, which inherently signifies the lush arrival of the new season, and we've built an entire event around it! And I don't know about you, but after the two feet of snow we recently had, who isn't ready to get outside and enjoy the warm weather and spend some time with your family outdoors instead of being cooped up indoors?"

Conceived by the Special Events Committee of the Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce, this annual celebration includes children's activities, music, craft, retail & food vendors; local produce & floral sales; and much more! Food, retail and craft vendors who may be interested in exhibiting at the Festival can apply on the Chamber's website at You do not need to be a Chamber member to participate. Vendor application deadline is Friday, April 1, 2016.

Although no streets are being closed for the Festival, areas of the downtown will be reserved for this event. Children's activities will take place in the grassy area behind the Shippensburg Area Chamber office with access from either King Street or McCreary Avenue. Food vendors will be located along McCreary Avenue (the alley next to the Shippensburg Area Chamber office), which will lead patrons to the Shippensburg Borough parking lot, the location for craft and retail vendors. King Street will be staffed by fire police for ease in crossing to the pedestrian walkway between the Shippensburg Post Office and the Shippensburg Historical Society, leading to free parking available in front of the Firefighters Activity Center. Free informational maps will be available at the Festival.

For additional information about this Rain or Shine event, please contact the Shippensburg Area Chamber office by emailing or calling (717) 532-5509.