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LIMA — The fairgrounds are ready. Almost 1,000 vendors are ready. Even the dogs are ready to attend this year’s annual Max’s Flea Market and Water Dog Races.

The only thing up in the air, according to organizer Max McCluer, is the weather.

“The heat last year turned some away. I’ve been talking to the man upstairs about turning the heat down this year,” McCluer said.

If past experience is any indicator, about 30,000 people will attend the event, regardless of the weather. “We’d like to have 100,000, but we’re happy with 30,000. It’s a big show again this year, and I think everything should be great,” McCluer said.

Typically, the majority come to browse and buy from the vendors, who will be selling and swapping everything from guns to antiques to tools to dogs.

“The vendor area is what really brings people in. This year we have vendors coming from 28 states and Canada. They know this is a good show. The water dog races is an added attraction,” McCluer said.

Again this year, there will be nightime racing that begins at 6 p.m. today and Saturday, with the finals at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Additionally, there will be dog treeing contests, corn hole tournaments, and horseshoes. New this year will be bluegrass fiddlers performing a 10 a.m. hymnfest on Sunday. There will also be karaoke tonight and Saturday night behind the grandstands. And food stands will sell everything from nuts to jerky.

“We like to have something for everybody, and we like everybody to have fun,” McCluer said.

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