LUCASVILLE — Held three times a year, trade days returns this weekend. The summer event will be June 11 and 12 at the Scioto County Fairgrounds, and as always, it is highly anticipated.
“When you take a look at thing like this, what a neat treasure hunt it is. There’s crafts, people handcraft things like canes and furniture carved from logs and things like that,” explained event coordinator Jim Wirth. “There are animals of every description, farmers with their produce, plants, and you know there’s the old guys with the bibs and overalls trading shotguns back and forth. Puppies everywhere, and kids and strollers, to me, and many others, it’s just a reminder of the simpler things in life.”
With a variety of vendors, those looking for a bargain are bound to find one.
“Our April event had over 20,000 people over the weekend,” said Wirth. “By the time we got done counting it was higher than we expected. We got overwhelmed a couple of times at the gates and lost track of our ticket count so it may have been even higher than 20,000.”
At $35, camping is available on site for the weekend.
The gates open at 7 a.m., each day and will be closing at 7 p.m., on June 11 and 4 p.m., on June 12.
“I grew up going to events like this with my parents,” said Wirth. “This really is a slice of yesterday for everyone. In this time and age of video games and digital everything, this is a fun look back. In other words, it’s a lot like it was a hundred years ago. Trappers would come out of the mountains and bring their furs, farmers would bring their produce and peddlers would bring hardware and firearms and gunpowder and sugar. When all these people got together it was a heck of a festival and everyone just traded things back and forth. Trade days is reminiscent of those times.”
Parking is free for visitors. General admission is $3 per person with those ages 12 and under free.
The next event will be held September 24 and 25.
“People just love that old fashioned joy of treasure hunting and the thrill of finding something new for their collection. It may be worthless to the person selling it, but has such value to the person who buys it. I collect antique cars and firearms and nothing brings joy to my heart like finding a part for one of my cars,” said Wirth, “And I think a lot of people relate to that and that’s why this event continues to be a success.”
For more information about Lucasville Trade Days, you can visit their website at www.lucasvilletradedays.com or on Facebook “Lucasville Trade Days,” you can also call 937-728-6643.
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