MOUNT HOPE — On Friday, July 19, a longstanding tradition in Mount Hope will continue with the celebration of the Sundown Sale.

What began decades ago as an extended evening of shopping, has grown into a daylong celebration of customer appreciation at most all of the merchants located in Mount Hope.

John Steiner of Mount Hope Hardware explained the day’s events begin at each store, where merchants will offer special offers on a variety of specific items, or more general sales, like 10 percent off storewide (except appliances) at Mount Hope Hardware.

"Everybody runs specials," Steiner said. "Some of them will be specific savings, others will be storewide savings."

Other examples include The Country Health Store offering a variety of in-store specials on Friday, July 19. Customers at Holmes Power can sign up to win a power washer, a leaf blower, a gift card and a toy chainsaw for kids.

Faith View Books will be offering 20 percent off any three items purchased. The Cabin Store will offer 20 percent off on their selection of area rugs.

Red Mug Coffee will be featuring a specialized item and Lone Star Quilts will offer discounts on specific items.

Following the day of business in town, the activities move over to the Mount Hope Auction grounds, where a meal will be served. Ada Miller of Lone Star Quilts heads up the food committee.

"Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen will be preparing the side dishes, and gourmet burgers will be grilled on site," Steiner said.

At 8 p.m. that evening, following dinner, there will be a drawing, offering items from each of the more than 20 merchants involved. Customers are invited to sign up at each business they visit to be entered in the prize drawings.

"At the end, there will be a grand prize drawing for a $1,000 gift card good at any of the merchants," Steiner said. "This is an evening intended to draw the community together, and it is also an opportunity for the merchants to show their appreciation for the business that we get from our local customers. We all depend on our local people to continue to support us. And this is our way of showing our appreciation for that support."

The retailers say the Sundown Sale is a day for the merchants to work together and give away some generous prizes. "It’s a nice event for the local people. It’s a way of giving back to the community," Steiner added.