NEWS RELEASE
July 1, 2016
For use: Immediate
Finney County Historical Society
Contact: Steve Quakenbush, 620-272-3664

SIXTY VENDORS FROM 19 TOWNS COMING JULY 9 FOR FLEA MARKET AT MUSEUM

7th festival of antiques, collectibles, art and crafts inside zoo same day as Jungle Run II car show

Southwest Kansans should come across plenty of discoveries and opportunities at the Seventh Annual Flea Market Festival of Antiques, Collectibles, Art and Crafts July 9 outside the Finney County Museum in Garden City’s Lee Richardson Zoo.

The Finney County Historical Society has booked approximately 60 vendors from 19 Kansas and Oklahoma communities for the gathering, which is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with free admission through the zoo’s pedestrian arches near Fourth Street in Finnup Park.

In addition to the vendors, the host organization will conduct a sale of gently used items on the museum patio and in the adjacent meeting room, essentially comprising a 2,400-square foot garage sale.

The 60 vendors have registered to sell not only antiques, collectibles and crafts from their booths, but also bags, children’s books, crosses, dolls, toys, embroidery, quilts, glassware, hand-turned wooden goods, jewelry, leathercraft, night lights, novelty objects, furniture, purses, vintage tools, totes, wedding and formal wear, woodcrafts, wooden signs, plants, ceramic art, gourd crafts, crystals, miniature gardens and landscapes, toddler and tween clothing and a variety of additional craft goods.

Visiting vendors are also promising Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Thirty One, Avon, Damsel in Defense, Younique Cosmetics, Perfectly Posh, AT&T Mobility, Farm Shed II, Jerkylicious and Wonderfully You products, as well as information or goods from National American University, Emmaus House, Habitat for Humanity, the Senior Center of Finney County and the Finney County Preservation Alliance.

There will be baked goods, pickles, preserves, garden produce and smoked cheese too. On-site dining options are expected to range from hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and varied sandwiches to Mexican food, Kettle Corn, roasted nuts, frozen treats, dessert breads, homemade pie, ice cream and additional items.

Nearly 3,800 people arrived to shop and peruse at the 2015 festival, and organizers are anticipating a larger crowd this summer since booth registration is up more than 30 percent and now closed. Crafters and vendors are coming from Cimarron, Copeland, Deerfield, Garden City, Holcomb, Iuka, Johnson, LaCrosse, Lakin, Liberal, McCracken, Moscow, Montezuma, Satanta, Scott City, Stockton and Ulysses, as well as Oklahoma City and Turpin, Okla.

The festival, supported by the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is taking place in conjunction with Jungle Run II, a large car show conducted by the Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo on the zoo’s west green. Car show hours are 8-11 a.m. for registration, via the zoo’s Fourth Street vehicle entrance; and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for spectators, via the pedestrian arches and through the Flea Market.

A shuttle will run all day inside the zoo between the Flea Market and Jungle Run. In addition, the Friends of the Zoo and historical society are cooperating to offer a shuttle van that will run between the entrance gates and the Finney County Exhibition Building parking lot, since parking stalls near the zoo gates tend to fill up.