Annual Flea Market Festival coming July 14

Visitors to the 2017 Flea Market peruse some of the wares at one of the booths.

Finney County Historical Museum’s 9th annual Flea Market Festival is scheduled for July 14 at Lee Richardson Zoo.

More than 4,700 people from Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and additional states attended the festival last summer which features antiques, collectibles, art and crafts.

The gathering offers booths set up by 60-plus vendors, take-home and ready-to-eat treats with beverages, plus a giant sale of gently-used goods on the museum’s outdoor patio and indoor meeting room.

The event is supported by the Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau, in conjunction with the Jungle Run auto show, an array of cars, trucks and motorcycles on the West Green of the zoo.

The gathering runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with free admission through the zoo entry arches for the festival and auto show.

Vendors are signed up to bring antiques and collectibles, aprons, bags, purses, baked treats, crocheted items, enamelware, essential oils, architectural finds, formal gowns, bird houses and furniture, including antique pieces; as well as handcrafts and art, household goods, jams, jellies, pickles, jewelry, quilts, rustic and recycled objects, wooden creations, scarves, sculpted steel, signs, skin care and pain relief products.

There will also be wine bottle wind chimes, soaps, lotions, unique lighting, dried food mixes, new and vintage toys, Santa Claus figures, Christmas supplies and more.

The museum is expecting licensed products too, ranging from Avon, Pampered Chef and Thirty-One to Tupperware and Younique.

“This is one of my favorite shows,” said Deb Anell, Iuka, who operates a second generation family business called Farm Shed Goods II, selling pickled items, salsa, jelly, jam and preserves. “It’s great to go to Garden City and I come every year.”

“It just gets bigger and better every time,” said Linda Hinde, who shares a double booth of antiques and collectibles with fellow Garden City resident Joanna Meier. “We’ve been with it since it began nine years ago, and it’s a great day for the vendors and for the customers.

“The variety has really increased,” Hinde added. “There’s something for everyone.”

Vendors are already registered from Beeler, Colby, Copeland, Dighton, Grainfield, Liberal, Salina, Satanta, Stockton, Sublette and the Pratt area, as well as Garden City.

Those who need more information should contact the museum at (620) 272-3664.

The festival, a one-time event each July, supports the museum and is not affiliated with other bazaars, craft fairs or flea markets.