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Thousands expected for fall flea market

 

By MELINDA WILLIAMS
melinda@southwesttimes.com

Thousands of people are expected to pour into Pulaski County this weekend to attend the 39th annual Pulaski County Fall Flea Market.

The market, sponsored by Dublin Lions Club, will be held at New River Valley Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Warren Morris, flea market chairman, said he has sold more vendor spaces (680 of the 800 available) for this flea market than any market in the 10 years he has been chairing the flea market committee.

With 16,700 people attending the spring market, Morris said 17,000 or more people are expected to turn out for the fall event. Historically, fall attendance is higher than in the spring.

Weather also is a factor in attendance and Morris points out this weekend’s weather “should be ideal for a flea market” – not too hot or cold and not raining. According to the National Weather Service, high temperatures are expected to be in the 70s and there is only a 30 percent chance of a shower on Sunday.

Morris attributes the continued growth of both flea markets to word of mouth, noting that the event has earned a good reputation among vendors. He said vendors pass the word to other vendors about the good experiences they have had at the Dublin flea markets.

The fall flea market is always held on the third weekend in September. Morris said the scheduling allows time for vendors to return home and restock their wares following the Labor Day Flea Market in Hillsville. He said he has leased spaces over the last couple of weeks to a number of vendors who took part in the Hillsville market.

Morris said the spring flea market helped the Lions Club to raise about $40,000 for its projects. Proceeds help buy eyeglasses and hearing aids for the area’s needy and also provide assistance to area non-profit organizations including Pulaski Daily Bread, American Red Cross and Fairview Homes.

Requests for eyeglasses for needy children always increase in the fall, when students return to school, according to Morris. No child is ever turned down for glasses or hearing aids. Adults who are unable to afford them can apply for club assistance.

Anyone having eyeglasses they would like to donate to the club can drop them off at the entrance gate to the fairgrounds.

Admission is a dollar for those ages six and older. Parking is free.

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