Flea market and water dog racing at the Allen County Fairgrounds


By Merri Hanjora - mhanjora@limanews.com



Denny Job walks a mixed-bred hound during Max’s Trader Days & Water Dog Races in 2017. Job brought six dogs to last year’s competition.

Denny Job walks a mixed-bred hound during Max’s Trader Days & Water Dog Races in 2017. Job brought six dogs to last year’s competition.


File photos | The Lima News

Carl Peters, of Kendallvile, Indiana, shops for a firearm at Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races last year.

Carl Peters, of Kendallvile, Indiana, shops for a firearm at Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races last year.


File photos | The Lima News

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races

WHEN: 7 a.m. to midnight today, Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Allen County Fairgrounds, 2750 Harding Highway, Lima

ADMISSION: $10 for one day pass or $20 for three-day pass.

LIMA — It’s Labor Day weekend, and that means the Allen County Fairgrounds will be packed with flea market vendors and dog lovers for Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races.

The fairgrounds will be filled with vendors of all sorts selling a variety of items.

“We have sold out this year. We have no more room for campers. We are scrounging for any real estate that we can find to put vendors in,” said Max McClure, organizer of the event. “Anything that you can imagine you can find, from tools to clothes to guns, just anything. It’s a great place for the ladies to come shop too because there’s all kinds of ladies’ apparel that is here. We’ve got 1,000 different vendors, and each one brings in their own whatever, so yes, we have anything that you can imagine.”

While there are vendors offering items for sale, food vendors will be in abundance as well.

“We’ve got 40 food vendors, and it’s fair-type food. We don’t have any sit-down things, but all of the fair vendors are here with their food,” McClure said.

And, of course, there are the water dog races, which start tonight.

“The water dog races start Friday evening at 5 to 6 p.m in the evening and will last until the wee hours of the morning,” McClure said. “On Saturday at noon, we have what we call a hound dog race. Anybody can bring any dog, if you think your dog can swim, bring it on out. They can swim.

“We have had a lot of people that have wanted to bring their dogs, but they couldn’t because it’s late at night. Then Saturday evening, when that’s over, they’ll race the big dogs again, and then Sunday at noon or 1 p.m. they have the finals,” McClure said.

Again this year, golf carts may be brought for a $25 gate fee.

Denny Job walks a mixed-bred hound during Max’s Trader Days & Water Dog Races in 2017. Job brought six dogs to last year’s competition.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/08/web1_Water_dog_01co.jpgDenny Job walks a mixed-bred hound during Max’s Trader Days & Water Dog Races in 2017. Job brought six dogs to last year’s competition. File photos | The Lima News
Carl Peters, of Kendallvile, Indiana, shops for a firearm at Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races last year.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/08/web1_Water_dog_03co.jpgCarl Peters, of Kendallvile, Indiana, shops for a firearm at Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races last year. File photos | The Lima News

By Merri Hanjora

mhanjora@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races

WHEN: 7 a.m. to midnight today, Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Allen County Fairgrounds, 2750 Harding Highway, Lima

ADMISSION: $10 for one day pass or $20 for three-day pass.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

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