The Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market May Extravaganza that draws visitors to Clark County from all over will kick off Friday morning, one of the biggest shows in the event’s 48-year history.
The extravaganza has expanded at the Clark County Fairgrounds this year, including into the stables.
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“We will have approximately 2,000 vendors over the next three days and hopefully put in 15,000 to 20,000 people over the course of the weekend,” show promoter Jon Jenkins said. “We draw customers as far away as Japan and Australia coming to buy and a ton of people from the region.”
The extravaganza will take place again this year at the Clark County Fair Grounds. More than 40 food vendors and dealers from almost every state and Canada will be in Clark County this weekend at the show. They will have a variety of goods to offer customers.
“If you can’t find something you like here, you don’t like anything,” Jenkins said. “If you need anything at all, you can find it here.”
The morning special will last until noon and then the show will continue through 6 p.m. Friday. The show will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and then 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Jenkins advice to new shoppers is to wear comfortable shoes, apply sunscreen and be ready to have fun.
“Be prepared to discover something,” he said. “Don’t come here necessarily with, ‘I have to have this.’ Go find something really cool.”
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He said one reason he believes the show has lasted so long is because of its location. Clark County is close enough to bigger cities that anyone can drive to the area and shop with just one tank of gas.
Along with the many vendors from the U.S. and Canada, Jenkins said it’s not uncommon to find European dealers flying into the state…