LIMA — The Allen County Fairgrounds have been taken over by Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races this weekend.
“We open at 7 a.m. Friday and never close,” said Max McCluer, owner. “We are open 24 hours a day.”
This event encompasses the entire fairgrounds. Because of that, golf carts are available to rent or you can bring your own.
“This whole 140 acres is full of vendors. We have over 1,000 vendors here and they are selling anything and everything that you ever dreamt of buying. This is a shop til you drop event; this is your dream place. We’ve got vendors in here from 27 different states and Canada. It’s a must see adventure, I tell you,” said McCluer. “You can’t see this in a day. It takes three days for you to see the whole thing. To reserve a golf cart, call 800-589-8833 or Van Wert Carts at 419-238-2732.”
As the name of the event states, there will be dog races taking place too.
“The dog races are Friday night and Saturday night. We race the dogs down at the pond. We’ve got a new event this year at noon on Saturday. It is a hound dog race. This is not the water dogs. A lot of people can’t make it out here in the evening with the kids and everything, but this is a Saturday noon time race, that they can come out and enjoy that,” said McCluer.
The water dog races pay good money for the winners.
“There’s big money. We are now the highest paid premium of anybody (today) in the United States, they told us. The swim dogs are playing for big money,” said McCluer.
There is security on hand during the entire event.
“We have six gates open and a security person at each gate. We cover the whole grounds. We do allow alcohol and there might be a skirmish now and then, but our security is very, very good. We don’t sell alcohol, but you can bring your own. It’s safe, bring your wife, your girlfriend, your kids out here, it is a big family adventure,” said McCluer.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511