Merchants thoughout the city are gearing up for the annual sidewalk sale, set for July 16.
Lisa Blair, downtown administrator for Downtown Lawrence Inc., said most downtown businesses will participate in the event.
Many merchants will be selling items from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., she said.
"Some may start a little earlier and some may be open a little later," Blair said.
During the sale, employees of many stores sell their merchandise on sidewalks outside their doors. The event has drawn thousands of shoppers from Lawrence and the surrounding area in past years.
Blair said about 16 non-profit groups would be selling food and other items during the sale.
Two radio stations also will conduct shows from downtown during the event, she said.
"There should be considerable coverage throughout the day," she said.
In past years, Downtown Lawrence, sponsor of the downtown portion of the sidewalk sale, has sponsored promotional contests and children's activities.
Blair said Downtown Lawrence organizers decided this year not to hold such events.
"Some of the events, such as the watermelon sale, just created a lot of sticky fingers," she joked. "For the most part, people just interact and shop."
In addition, Blair said that the absence of special events would help non-profit groups earn more money.
Blair said the sidewalk sale was one of the biggest events of the year for Downtown Lawrence.
In addition to the downtown stores, merchants in other parts of the city will participate in the sale.
Representatives of the city's major retail stores all said they would be offering special sales throughout the weekend.
Also, shopping areas on 23rd, Iowa and Kasold streets will participate, as will many shops inside the Lawrence Riverfront Mall, employees said.
Some stores will open as early as 7 a.m. July 16 and will be offering new merchandise, as well as clearance items, managers said.