NEWS RELEASE
June 5, 2016
For use: Immediate
Finney County Historical Society
Contact: Steve Quakenbush, 620-272-3664

7TH ANNUAL FLEA MARKET FESTIVAL JULY 9 PROMISES LARGEST CROWD YET

Antiques, collectibles, crafts, art, food, used items and additional products outside museum at zoo

Nearly 4,000 people surged through the gates when the Finney County Historical Society conducted the Sixth Annual Flea Market Festival of Antiques, Collectibles, Art and Crafts in 2015, and organizers think the 2016 crowd may exceed that number.

This year’s event is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 9, just outside the Finney County Museum in Garden City’s Lee Richardson Zoo. Public admission is free.

Nearly four dozen vendors from 20 communities set up booths last year to offer antiques, crafts, collectibles, art, food, furniture, cosmetics, housewares, jewelry, bags and purses, unique apparel, pie, ice cream, consumer goods, pickles, preserves and an array of additional products and services. For the upcoming festival, almost three dozen have already signed up from 13 communities as far away as Oklahoma City, and registration is still continuing.

In addition to the visiting vendors, the sponsoring organization will carry out a sale of gently used donated items on the museum patio, and this year’s festival will take place in conjunction with the Jungle Run, a 55-vehicle car show staged on the West Green of Lee Richardson Zoo by the Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo.

The events are backed in part by the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“We already have artists and artisans signed up to sell purses, bags, totes, woodcrafts, collectibles, tools, glassware, wooden signs, antiques, leather goods, dolls, embroidery, crosses, night lights, children’s books, baked goods, outdoor furniture, quilts, jellies, wedding and formal attire, and hand-turned wooden items,” said Todd Roberts, the museum’s collections manager.

There will also be Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Thirty One Bags, Damsel in Defense, Younique Cosmetics and Perfectly Posh products, as well as information from National American University.

Outdoor food will be offered by the museum’s Fulton House Cafe Kelly’s Festival Foods and Copeland resident Londa Kohen, who will be back to offer her popular homemade pie, ice cream and sandwiches.

“The Flea Market is just growing and growing,” said Deb Davis, who operates a booth each year with partner Dave Tabor. “We love to come and see so many people from all over Southwest Kansas. It’s just a great day.”

All spectator entry and exit will be through the Ben Grimsley arches at the zoo. The historical society and the zoo’s support organization are cooperating to offer a shuttle van that will run all day between the entrance gates and the Finney County Exhibition Building parking lot. There will also be a zoo shuttle running between the festival and the car show.

The museum is still accepting vendors, as well as donated goods for the patio sale. Anyone with questions may call 620-272-3664 or stop by the museum 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday or 1-5 p.m. Sundays.