Vendors still needed for annual Labor Day Flea Market and Festival

JONESVILLE — There is plenty of space for more vendors at the Labor Day Weekend Flea Market and Festival going on Saturday through Monday at Lila Swaim Park in Jonesville.

Judy Wolfe, president of the Jonesville Historical Society, said anyone wanting to sign up as a vendor or donate items for the Historical Society booths can call 336-835-0077. The $15 weekend fee (which can be waived with a donation of non-clothing items of comparable value to the Historical Society) reserves a 10-by-10-foot space for vendors to sell arts and crafts, food, displays, collectibles, home-based business items and gently used and recycled household items.

Last year, Wolfe said there were 72 vendors at the flea market and festival. Though she was unsure of the total signed up at this point, she said vendors from as far away as Virginia and South Carolina are planning to participate.

Wolfe said she hopes the second annual “Take A Break from the Interstate Road Market” — held Memorial Day weekend for 110 miles along U.S. 21 from Wytheville, Virginia, to Harmony — does not cut down on participation. “We don’t know how that’s going to affect potential vendors this year because the participation in Jonesville was rather high,” she said.

The deadline for food vendors was last week. Wolfe said the two food vendors who signed up are Steve Adams, who is also known as “the Hot Dog Boy” and is a familiar face at local events, and Ice Cream Sales from Forsyth County. Free water will be provided at the festival.

The Labor Day Weekend Flea Market and Festival is the major fundraiser for the Jonesville Historical Society. “Between $1,000 and $2,000 is what we generally raise,” Wolfe said. Copies of a video featuring actual footage of races at the Jonesville Speedway and history of the park will be on sale for $22 at the Historical Society’s booth in the park.

Special attractions at the event will include a woodturning demonstration by Bill Woell of State Road, who will be the resident artisan at the Foothills Heritage Learning Center planned for the old Jonesville Town Hall building on West Main Street. Woell hopes to complete the bowl by the end of the weekend.

Wolfe said there also will be an open mic set up for children and adults who want to sing, perform or deliver a message.

The Elkin-Jonesville Red Hatters Club will be hosting Bingo games at the Yadkin Valley Senior Center on Saturday and Monday. Games are scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. both days. Wolfe said there is a wide variety of nice prizes, including crafts and Christmas decorations and gifts.

Pickle ball games will be available for people who wish to play outdoors.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to list the more than 1,000 World War II veterans from Yadkin, Surry and Wilkes counties on plaques to be affixed on the Hugh Chatham Memorial Bridge fence railing at Mineral Springs Memorial Park. “It’s going to cost about $1,500 to $2,000 to complete them,” Wolfe said.

There is no charge for non-sales exhibits or displays. Vendor sites should be open by 9 a.m. with an optional opening time of 1 p.m. on Sunday. While area security will be provided overnight, Wolfe said vendors must secure items left on display tables.

Kathy Chaffin may be reached at 336-258-4035.

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