By Portia Williams
LUCASVILLE —Lucasville Trade Days, held at the fairgrounds in Lucasville, has become a popular attraction in the local area, bringing in droves of avid shoppers seeking items from jewelry to live animals. The official Trade Days will kick off Saturday at 7 a.m.
Jim Wirth, promoter of the Lucasville Trade Days, said shoppers seeking early bird bargains may enter on Friday, June 12.
“We will actually have early bird vendors, for the ones who want to get in there and find the shopping bargains, treasures and things, they will come in starting Friday at 3 p.m.,” Wirth said. “Technically, we open Saturday at 7 a.m., but what happens is, there is a certain amount of people that want in early so we have created a policy where we let them in, but instead of the $1 admission, its $2 per head if you want in early, and that’s Friday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.”
He said the Trade Days event starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday and on Sunday.
“It is going to be pretty crowded. We have a little over 2,000 vendors stationed at full capacity, and I think that we have sold more than three fourths of those for this show,” he said.
The public should keep in mind that no birds of any type will be permitted into the Lucasville Trade Days event. This comes in compliance with a new directive from the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODOA), who has canceled all live bird exhibitions this year, in an effort to help the poultry industry recently hit from the avian flu which has made such an overwhelmingly negative impact on poultry-producing states.
“The State of Ohio has put a 100 percent ban on the distribution of any kind of birds. In the history of our show, poultry and chickens have certainly been an important part of that,” he said. “But, we will not be allowing any birds, nothing from parakeets to peacocks. No ducks, no chickens, no geese. Vendors who have sold birds at our events in the past will be coming, but they will be bringing their pigs, or whatever else they choose to sell.”
Traffic has been an issue for past Lucasville Trade Days events. Wirth said they have been in communication with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to implement strategies for improved traffic management.
“We’ve been to see, and talk with the State Highway Patrol, and we’ve talked with the Ohio Department of Transportation and sought their advice about being able to handle more traffic more quickly, and hopefully people won’t ever have to worry about that kind of crisis again,” he said.
The Trade Days events are made possible through a team work effort.
“We have a team of people, and our top managers really don’t look as anyone as the big boss,” he said. “We really have a big crew, our guy George is in charge of traffic and parking, Steve is in charge of setup and operations, and Della is in charge of the office and transactions, and like the general trouble shooter, going all over the grounds and making decisions that need to be made throughout the day.”
For more information regarding the upcoming Lucasville Trade Days, visit the Lucasville Trade Days Facebook page.
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