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June 5, 2014

Market Days return

MT. VERNON — The third Market Days event of this season will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the former Armory site in Mt. Vernon.

Organizers are expecting a large turnout as long as the weather holds. Prior Market Days festivals have brought in as many as 4,000 to 4,500 people during sunny weather.

“We’re expecting a good crowd again,” said Bonnie Jerdon, a member of Mt. Vernon Festivals Inc., which organizes Market Days. “Attendance has been growing. Of course, a nice sunny day always brings out more people. We’re hoping to avoid showers this weekend.”

This year, the outdoor flea market is being held once a month from April through October.

More than 100 vendors will be on hand Saturday selling food, furniture, arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, antiques and more.

Jerdon said those in attendance should also expect to see strawberries for sale at Saturday’s market. Plants and produce become more popular at Market Days as the summer season gets underway, she said.

“It’s a little bit of everything,” Jerdon said of the items available.

Market Days was launched last summer after a local resident spoke to the city about setting up a flea market.

Mt. Vernon Festivals Inc. ran with the idea and obtained a lease from the city to establish Market Days on the Armory property.

Admission is free to the event, and vendors rent a 12 x 12 space to sell their items.

Jerdon said many of the people who come to Market Days are from outside the area. This helps boost local tourism as visitors will also patronize Mt. Vernon restaurants and stores while in town, she said.

“It brings an additional activity to Mt. Vernon,” Jerdon said. “It’s been so popular with the public, we feel like it’s something that is wanted and needed.”

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