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.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.