A soggy start didn’t dampen the 50th annual Village Fair & Sidewalk Sale on Saturday.

The event drew thousands of people who strolled the closed downtown streets to pick up bargains and visit with old friends in the community.

“We love it,” said Sherryl Mascarinas, of New Canaan, who operates a home-based business selling handcrafted hair accessories called Lizzie, Izzie & James. “This is now our fifth year. We love seeing the people and we love supporting the Chamber of Commerce. It’s a fun day and the rain has not stopped it at all one bit.”

Virtual vendors like Mascarinas combined with storefront merchants along with nonprofit booths at this year’s event.

“It brings back memories,” said Chris Sigg, past president of the Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event.

“I grew up in town. It’s a tradition coming here and spending time, greeting friends, finding great deals and reacquainting yourself with people you haven’t seen.”

Among the more unusual offerings was a booth that was operated by Beads that Feed — the brainchild of two New Canaan High School girls who wanted to take their love of beading and use it to help out.

“We’ve always made this sort of stuff, (so) we decided to start a club at the high school,” said Shannon Eucci, 16. This led them to start selling their handmade jewelry to raise money for the New Canaan Food Bank.

“We’re really proud of our stuff and our setup, so we’re hoping to have a lot of business,” said Maddie Smith, 16.

Others were just as happy to be there, including customers who found plenty of bargains.

“It’s New Canaan, so a lot of things are extremely expensive, so they’re a little more low priced for students like us,” town resident Ellie Monroe said.

“It brings our community together,” said Lulu Black, of New Canaan, who was also home from college. “You can see people you haven’t seen in a while. And of course the lovely discounts are enticing as well.”

This year’s event featured a record number of 125 vendors, entertainment, food and children’s activities.

“I love it,” said Courtney Kennedy of Greenwich, who grew up in New Canaan.

“It’s open here and you don’t have to worry about cars and crossing the street. And I end up running into a lot of people I know. It’s real homey here.”