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March 22, 2014

Market Days return to Armory

MT. VERNON — Planning for the second season of the annual Market Days is going strong.

“The first Market Days will be held in about two weeks, on the first Saturday in April,” said Todd Piper, member of the Mt. Vernon Festivals Committee. “We are planning to have the event from April through October.”

Market Days started last summer, after a local resident approached the city about setting up a flea market.

The Mt. Vernon Festivals, Inc., group decided to pick up the idea, and received a lease from the city to allow Market Days to be set up outside on the armory property. Vendors rent a 12 x 12 space to sell items and admission is free.

The event proved to be very successful with the first event boasting about 50 vendors; by the end of the summer, additional space was provided by Mt. Vernon Township High School to help house the 150 vendors. Vendors sell everything from food to furniture, arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, collectables and antiques during the monthly flea market.

According to information from Bonnie Jerdon, member of Mt. Vernon Festivals Inc., the event in its inaugural year drew crowds not only from Jefferson County, but from a 50-mile radius to visit and as vendors.

Piper said more volunteers are needed to keep up with the expansion of Market Days.

Anyone who is interested in finding out how to be a vendor at the event or volunteer may contact Jerdon at 242-3151.

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