As thousands of people just a few miles away celebrated the noble fungi, the mushroom, a few hundred folks in Chadds Ford opted for a quieter, gentler afternoon in the countryside.

The 47th annual Chadds Ford Days celebration kicked off last weekend, offering a respite for those folks who hoped to eschew the madness happing in Kennett Square.

'I live downtown just off Cypress Street, and I try to get out of town every year,' said Darcy Conklin, a Kennett resident. 'I love the Mushroom Festival, but the crowd gets so big you can hardly move downtown.'

Instead, Conklin and her family spend the weekend visiting friends, touring Longwood Gardens and strolling the vendors and games at Chadds Ford Days.

'This is perfect, lots of space,' Conklin said with a laugh.

The event attracts people from throughout the region looking to learn a little about the township's rich history, enjoy local food, and check out a wide assortment of vendors selling everything from brooms and tee shirts to handmade bowls carved before your very eyes.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Chadds Ford Historical Society's events and educational outreach opportunities.

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