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LIMA — The fairgrounds have gone to the dogs — at least for the weekend.



Dog racers, bargain hunters and traders of all sorts have taken over the Allen County Fairgrounds this weekend. Back for its second year, Max’s Water Dog Races and Flea Market, is bringing more than a weekend filled with dog racing.



According to long-time traders, it’s also keeping alive some of the traditions from years of visits to the Kenton Coon Dog Trials.



“We like buying, selling, trading guns and pretty much anything else,” Grant Weaver, of Dayton, said. “We just have a good time.”



Weaver, like many of the traders, spent many years at the Kenton event.



“My dad was there, his friends were there, my friends were there. We all just went every year,” Weaver, who spent 30 years going there, said. “That was kind of our vacation every year. We just enjoyed it. We had a week we could just go out sit in the sun, play around and buy, sell and trade guns.”



While some are reconnecting with old friends from their days in Kenton, others are building new traditions.



It was the new location that brought Bob Long, of Spencerville, out to trade guns.



“Never went to Kenton,” Long said. “It’s cleaner that’s why I decided to come on out.”



A pleasant weekend forecast didn’t hurt either, Long said.



“It’s just nice weather so I thought I’d come out and do it,” he said.



Event organizer Max McCluer predicted earlier this week that more than 1,200 vendors would flock to the fairgrounds for this year’s event. Last year, there were 800 vendors. With vendor’s tents set up from one end of the fairgrounds to the other, Weaver said, attendance is definitely trending upward.



“It’s just great to come out and see old friends again,” he said. 



 






Water Dog Races return with a splash


Water Dog Races return with a splash


Water Dog Races return with a splash
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